Pope John Paul II in Israel.
(photo credit: ARCHIVE)
Pope Paul VI came on a day-long visit to Israel on January 7, 1964, marking the first papal trip ever to Israel, as well as being the the first time a pope had left Italy in over a century, and the first time a pope had flown on an airplane during his tenure. Following his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which ranged from the Galilee to the West Bank, Pope Paul VI crossed the border into Jordan for a short visit there. The Vatican did not yet recognize Israel as a state.