DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     March 24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 58

NEWS & VIEWS
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PLANS NOT SET FOR PAPAL VISIT TO HOLY LAND

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Reacting to reports from Jerusalem that Pope John Paul II would visit the Holy Land in March 2000, the Vatican has cautioned that no final plans for such a trip have been made.

          On Monday, March 22, Israeli tourism minister Moshe Katsav told reporters that the Pope would visit Jerusalem in March of next year. The Vatican did not deny that report, but pointedly remarked that no dates had been set.

          After meetings with the Israeli government leadership, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray-- who heads the Vatican committee preparing for the Jubilee-- said that it is "very probable" that the Holy Father will visit the Holy Land during the Jubilee year. Cardinal Etchegaray had traveled to Israel to study some of the difficulties that may be associated with such a visit. During his stay, he will meet with Latin Catholic Patriarch Michel Sabbah to discuss preparations for the holy year in Jerusalem-- a city that the Pope has described as "one of the two poles of the Jubilee."

          The political problems frequently cited as obstacles to a papal visit are the absence of a final peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, the unresolved question of the status of Jerusalem, and the restraints on the freedom of Palestinian people.


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March 24, 1999       volume 10, no. 58
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