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(RNS) Pope Francis is planning to visit Jordan, Israel and the West Bank in May. But the itinerary of the brief trip is sparking debate even before details of the papal pilgrimage have been finalized.


  1. Does he really have to travel in order to speak out against the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Islamic-dominated countries?

    • The Pope has been speaking out, but a visit in the Holy Land will draw greater attention to his words.