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The motto for the pilgrimage is: “So that they may be one”. The Holy Father has insisted that at the center of his pilgrimage will be the meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the heads of the Churches in Jerusalem. This is to commemorate and renew the commitment to unity expressed by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople 50 years ago in Jerusalem.

This gives expression to the desire of the Lord at the Last Supper: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23).

The logo also expresses this desire for unity, representing the embrace of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew, the first two disciples called by Jesus in Galilee. Saint Peter is the patron of the Church in Rome and Saint Andrew is the patron of the Church in Constantinople. In Jerusalem, in the Mother Church, they embrace. The two apostles are in a boat that represents the Church, whose mast is the Cross of the Lord. The sails of the boat are full of wind, the Holy Spirit, which directs the boat as it sails across the waters of this world.

The unity of Christians is a message of unity for all humanity, called to overcome the divisions of the past and march forward together towards a future of justice, peace, reconciliation, pardon and fraternal love.

Text from the official website on " Pope Francis in the Holy Land 2014" by the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.

Here is the full program of the Pope's Holy Land journey:

The Holy Father will travel to the Holy Land from Saturday, 24 May to Monday, 26 May, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic embrace between Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem on 5 January 1964.

The Pope is scheduled to depart at 8.15 on Saturday morning, 24 May, and will arrive in Amman, Jordan at pm local time. The welcome ceremony will take place at 1.45pm at the Al-Husseini Royal Palace where he will pay a courtesy call to the King and Queen. At 2.20pm the Holy Father will meet with authorities of the Kingdom of Jordan. At 4pm he will celebrate Mass at the international stadium in the capital city of Jordan, and at 7pm he will visit the site where Jesus was baptized in Bethany, on the banks of the River Jordan. There he will also meet with refugees and disabled young people in the Latin church.

On Sunday morning, 25 May, the Pontiff will go by helicopter to Bethlehem where he is scheduled to arrive at 9.30am. The welcome ceremony will take place in the Presidential Palace where he will meet the President of the State of Palestine Abu Mazen. He will then meet with other Palestinian authorities. At 11 am he will celebrate Mass in Manger Square, followed by the Regina Caeli. Then at 1.30pm Pope Francis will eat lunch with several Palestinian families at the Franciscan convent Casa Nova in Bethlehem. At 3pm he is scheduled to visit privately the Grotto of the Nativity; he will go to the Phoenix center of the Dheisheh Refugee Camp to meet the children of the camps of Dheisheh, Aida and Beit Jibrin. Then just before 4 pm he will depart and go by helicopter to the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The Pope will arrive at 4:30 pm and a welcome ceremony will take place in Israel. At 5.15pm he will travel to Jerusalem by helicopter where he will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomaios I in the apostolic delegation for the signing of a joint declaration. At 7pm at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre they will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic embrace between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. That evening the Pope will dine with the patriarch and bishops at the Latin Patriarchate.

The third day of the visit, 26 May, will begin with Pope Francis' visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in the building of the Great Council. Visits to the Western Wall, Mount Herzl – where he will lay a wreath – and Yad Vashem will follow. At 10.45am he will pay a courtesy call to the two chief Rabbis of Israel at the Heichal Shlomo Center near the Great Synagogue. Then at 1.45am he will meet the President of Israel Shimon Peres in the Presidential Palace. At 1pm Pope Francis will go to the Notre Dame Jerusalem Center where he will meet with the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That afternoon at 3.30pm he will visit privately with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I in a building near the Orthodox church on the Mount of Olives. Afterword he will meet with priests, men and women religious and seminarians in the Church of Gethsemane. At 5.20 pm the Pope will celebrate Mass with the ordinaries of the Holy Land in the Upper Room. At the end of the celebration he will return to Tel Aviv by helicopter where he will take his leave of Israel and depart for Rome.

The schedule was released as Patriarch Fouad Twal was holding a press conference at the Latin Patriarchate.


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