May 22, 2014 11:30
Pope Francis arrives in Israel for a whirlwind tour, amid regional tensions and high hopes.
Pope Francis greets the faithful as he rides in his Popemobile.
Bishop William Hanna Shomali was a young man when pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to newly independent Israel. In those days, the Old City of Jerusalem was under Jordanian control.“He came as a pilgrim, and the visit had ecumenical significance to the church because of his meeting with the Greek patriarch.