Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (1 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   No comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Pope Francis Plans Second Visit to Jerusalem

By       Message James Wall       (Page 3 of 3 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 3/10/14

Author 72820
Become a Fan
  (19 fans)
- Advertisement -

When Pope Francis visits Bethlehem this May he will be exposed to the occupation wall. He will hear a different version of the impact of the Occupation from the people he meets in Bethlehem. It will not be new information but there is nothing quite like experiencing reality up close, even for popes.

We will have to wait until late May to learn whether or not Pope Francis will use his moral power and the prestige of the Papacy to address the occupation. We will have to trust that the Pope will not confine his reading on this trip to Paul's Letters to the Corinthians.

Indeed, from what we have already learned about the social justice perspective of this Pope, it is even possible that in 1973 Father Bergoglio read more than Paul's letters during his time at the American Colony Hotel. He appears to be a man who is curious and probing.

It is also possible that a few fellow Catholic priests might have come by the American Colony in 1973 to talk with their colleague from Argentina about the harsh realities that were then plaguing the Palestinians. That was a time when the settlement projects were already well underway.

- Advertisement -

Pope Francis could be an important player in the drama that is unfolding in the fading peace talks. He is certainly well informed of the increasing impact the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is having on Israel's international standing.

In its story of the Pope's May visit, The Times of Israe l reminds its readers:

"Since beginning his papacy last month, Francis I has told Jewish leaders that Catholics and Jews are 'bound by a very special spiritual bond,' and pledged to work to further advance 'the progress there has been in relations between Jews and Catholics since the (1960s) Second Vatican Council in a spirit of renewed collaboration.'"

- Advertisement -

We will learn in late May whether or not that "very special spiritual bond" includes a greatly needed stern moral rebuke of Israel from Pope Francis.

Program Education Reminder:

On Friday, March 7, the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" was held at the National Press Club in Washington. The Summit was hosted by four major Washington-based organizations:

The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, the Council for the National InterestIf Americans Knew, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

A diverse panel of experts examined the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, and the impact of lobbying groups on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

The day's program was broadcast live on CSPAN Three. More than eight hours of informative observations, complete with questions from the audience, are now available on CSPAN Three's web site.

- Advertisement -

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It


James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Does Israel Interfere in US Elections?

New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian Leaders

How Iran Could Be The Next Neocon Target

Ten Swing States Could Decide the 2012 Election; Obama Leads in Nine of Them

What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

With South Carolina Victory, Gingrich Rides Adelson Money Train Against Obama