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2 arrested in Jerusalem for posting banners decrying Pope's visit

May 23, 2014 14:07

Two residents of Jerusalem were arrested in connection to banners posted in the city decrying Pope Francis's upcoming arrival in Israel on Sunday, reported Israel Radio on Friday.

The posters called on Pope Francis to leave Israel and to return holy relics looted by the Romans from the Beit Hamikdash (Second Temple).

The suspects were found with dozens such posters still in their possession.

Tensions have been high in the capital as the city braces itself for a security feat with the coming visit of the Pope, who has stated he will not avail himself of bullet-proof vehicles during his three day trip to the Middle East and insisted on using normal cars to allow him to be as close as possible to the people, according to the Vatican.

“The pope wants an open pope-mobile and a normal car. The local security official took the desire of the pope into consideration,” said chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.

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