Article from the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
Pope Francis is due to arrive in Jordan this morning for his first visit the Middle East.
"This is not a protocol visit," Patriarch Louis Sako, Iraq's senior Churchman, told reporters in Amman on the eve of the visit.
"This pope feels thepain of Christians and his arrival at this time as peoples of this region are going through conflict, killings and destruction is a message of common living.
“It's an appeal that everyone in this region should have the courage to review their positions, to get out of this suffocating crisis," he said.
The Christian population has been declining steadily across the Middle East for generations.
In Israel and the occupied West Bank, there has also been an increase in Palestinian Christians looking to leave.
Dear friends, please pray for me during my pilgrimage to the Holy Land.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 24, 2014
"We are waiting impatiently for a word of peace from the pope that will raise morale. People in the street are asking what message will the pope carry," Mr Sako said.
It is the first visit to the region by Pope Francis, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
After meeting King Abdullah and saying a Mass in an Amman stadium, the pontiff will meet refugees from Syria and Iraq in Bethany on the Jordan, the place where according to tradition Jesus was baptised.
On Sunday morning Pope Francis flies by helicopter to Bethlehem, making a six-hour visit to what the Vatican's official programme calls "the State of Palestine," a terminology Israel rejects.
In 2012, the Vatican angered Israel by supporting a vote in the United Nations General Assembly to give Palestinians de facto statehood recognition.
Israel argues such a move should only come through negotiations. Original article here
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