DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     November 18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 219

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PAPAL VISIT TO HOLY LAND SET; NAZARETH STOP IN DOUBT

        VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has definite plans to visit the Holy Land during the Jubilee Year, although no dates have been fixed for that trip.

        Bishop Crescenzio Sepe, the secretary general of the Vatican's Committee for the Grand Jubilee, made that announcement on November 17 as he presented the latest calendar of events from the celebrations during the year 2000. Bishop Sepe said that the Pope's pilgrimage to the Holy Land would probably take place during the last 10 days in March.

        Although the latest Jubilee calendar is quite similar to the one previously made available to the press, the program unveiled by Bishop Sepe did include one noteworthy change. The Vatican had previously announced a joint celebration on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, with ceremonies to be held both at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and the Annunciation Basilica in Nazareth. That date was especially significant because it would probably fall during the Pope's trip to the Holy Land, making it possible for the Pontiff to participate in the ceremony at Nazareth. But the latest calendar mentions only the ceremony in Rome. The change is apparently a response to the Israeli government's decision to allow the building of a mosque next to the Annunciation Basilica-- a decision which Catholic leaders have loudly protested. When the Israeli decision was announced, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls had commented that "such a situation does not help in the preparations for an eventual pilgrimage by the Holy Father to that noted sanctuary."

        The latest Jubilee schedule confirms that Pope John Paul will open the Holy Doors of the four Roman basilicas, beginning with St. Peter's on December 24, and ending with St. Paul-outside-the-Walls on January 18, the first day of the annual week of prayer for Christian unity. The details of the ceremonies involved in that process will be explained when the next Jubilee calendar is presented, Bishop Sepe said.


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November 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 219
NEWS & VIEWS

DAILY CATHOLIC

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