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May 19, 2014 12:21 am

Israel Tourism Ministry Prepares to Welcome Pope Francis

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The Israel Ministry of Tourism is investing approximately NIS 10 million ($2.9 million) in marketing initiatives and infrastructure projects for the visit of Pope Francis to Israel, which occurs  on May 25-26. “Ž

The marketing investment is centered around the dedicated website for Catholic Pilgrimage (www.holyland-pilgrimage.org), including live streaming of the Pope’s visit and utilization of the most advanced online marketing tools, both on the web and on the various social media platforms. The marketing targets source countries for Catholic pilgrimage, such as the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, and France.

In addition, last month the Tourism Ministry ran an online Instagram promotion in advance of the Papal visit, where contestants from around the world were asked to upload a 15-second video on Instagram, sharing why they wanted to visit the Holy Land. The winning video was uploaded by Gustavo Aldolfo Franco Picaza from Venezuela, and earned him a free trip to Israel.

Hundreds of journalists are expected to arrive from around the world to cover the Pope’s visit, and the Ministry of Tourism will be offering support and hosting services to them.

Israeli Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau stated that Israel will welcome the Pope with open arms. “We welcome the Pope as a visitor of the highest importance, the most important religious leader for Catholics around the world. We are greatly honored by his choice to visit Israel. We will continue to welcome the faithful with open arms, as they choose to visit Israel in the footsteps of the Pope.”

The Tourism Ministry, which invests in the maintenance and conservation of Christian sites on an ongoing basis, has invested tens of millions of shekels in recent years in the development and infrastructure of Christian sites, including, among others, the Yardenit baptism site on the River Jordan, the Sea of Galilee trail and promenade, Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa, Ein Karem, and pilgrimage routes in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and more. Improvements and upgrades in the area of Rachel’s Crossing and at the Room of the Last Supper that had been planned for later in the year have been carried out in advance of the Pope’s visit.

As a result of the visit to the Holy Land by Pope Francis, the Ministry estimates an increase of tens of thousands in the numbers of Christians visiting Israel. Christian tourism, which accounts for approximately 60% of all incoming tourism, is expected to increase by about 10% in 2014 as a result of the Pope’s visit.

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  • GEO

    I am appalled by the previous comments. Pope Francis has been a champion of interfaith dialogue and community. He comes from a third world country just like most Middle Eastern Countries. He’s only disliked by arrogant Ultra conservative Jews and Muslim zealots.

    • YOU MAH MON GEO:
      I AM APPALLED BY YOU BEING APPALLED THAT YOU REFUSE
      TO RECOGNIZE THE ILLS YOU ,YOUR CHURCH, YOUR ANCESTORS YOUR PEOPLE THIS VERY DAY.
      The ‘ONE G-D OF ALL THINGS OUR CREATOR’ I AM SURE ACCORDING TO THE PROPHETS AND ‘HIS’ TORAH IS APPALLED AT YOUR VIOLATIONS TO THE ‘HIS’ 2nd COMMANDMENT.

      “HE” IS APPALLED AT YOUR VIOLATIONS IF YOU ARE JEWISH TO SEPARATE FROM “””ALLLLLL”””” THE OTHER NATIONS
      JEWS ”MUST SEPARATE NOT INTERGRATE.

      I AM APPALLED THAT YOU DENY EVERYTHING I HAD POSTED
      and this alone is PROOF that ‘HASHEM’ IS RIGHT!
      ‘ISRAEL MUST SEPARATE FROM YOU SO WE DO NOT LEARN YOUR WAYS.

      “APPALLED” first used in 14Th century origin is latin.
      the word representing a horrible time for Jews at the hands of the rome/xtians and all other conquering tribes… the barbaric europe.

      yes we are all appalled at you.

      I AM APPALLED THAT YOU ARE APPALLED
      WHICH MEANS YOU ARE BLIND AND YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ISRAEL AND JUDAISM.
      you could have been born a jew
      but you have learned nothing what is a Jew!

      I WANT THAT WHITE SUITED ICECREAM MURDERER TO RETURN THE JEWS ARTWORKS STOLEN, THE NAMES OF FORCED CONVERSIONS, THE ”SAVED” JEWS NEVER KNOWING THEY ARE JEWS. THE MISSIONARIES TO STOP, STAY AWAY FROM KING DAVIDS TOMB…..and
      many things more

      THE HEAVENS ARE APPALLED
      THE PROPHETS HAVE WARNED YOU NOT TO HARM ISRAEL
      YET ALL YOU SAY IS YOU ARE APPALLED

      I WILL NOT WASTE A TEAR FOR YOU

  • Natan Shlomo

    בייה
    Thats not true most Jews in Israel do not want the pope to come.
    At least 2 million Jews (the religious), about anothet million Nationalist, as well as half a million Jews who want Israel to be Jewish. 3.5 million Jews. Additionnally most Muslims find the pope repugnant and a symbol of idol worship.
    The pope is coming for those who have sold out Israel’s Jewish values.
    We don’t love or want the pope here.
    He is an Idol worshipper and an antisemite.

    • SPIRITUAL IMPURITY COMING THE THE HOLY LAND.
      How the Jews will rectify the tumah is through extra prayer to rid the evil that comes with this vatican poop.

      what will this poop do to rectify his own xtian impurity and of all xtians?

      he already said not to pay attention to abortion contraceptives homosexuality and the pedeophile in vatican is well know….

      how will he return the confused the lost the dazed Jews that converted to bow to an idol of a mangod.

      when will he hand the list of ”saved” jews from hitler that no longer remember they are Jews?

      when will he hand over the ISRAELI artifacs FROM EMPEROR TITUS THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR HOLY TEMPLE THE PILAGING FOR 2000 YEARS OF JEWS RAPES TO THE WOMAN KIDNAPPED FOR SLAVERY AND TODAY THERE ARE NOW PEACEFUL
      TODAY all the xtians do is dress like RABBIS,BUILD CHURCHES TO LOOK LIKE SHUL AND DECEIVE INNOCENT JEWS TO CONVERT ACCEPT their deadmangod and still be JEWS.

      spiritual filth on t he holy land to add to the filth of the crooked politicians the drugs prostitutions gangster slave trades etc etc etc.

      the poop first ”deed” he should do is STOP THE MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES IN ISRAEL AND ALL OVER THE WORLD…but they cant..
      they need JEWS to bring their deadman to life again.
      SICK PEOPLE,SICK RELIGION

      what happened to the jeusx mantra “people in glass houses shouldnt throw stones….

      • WanderingJew

        “Derech Eretz” applies to *us* – the Jews.
        You might want to follow the rules and precepts that apply to Jews before demanding that others be “holier than thou”.
        Your anger is something ! Wow.

        • YOU ARE CONFUSING DERECH ERETZ WITH A RASHA.
          YOU ARE CONFUSING DERECH ERETZ WITHJ MISSIONARIES WHETHER THE DOER WHO WALKS THE STREET OR THE LEADER WHO TELLS THEM TO CONTINUE TO WITNESS/MISSIONAIZE/PROSLYTIZE TO JEWS

          ANGER? not at all…
          experience with eyes wide open.

          your blindness, your tolerance, your Jstreet mentality with rachel corrie and abbas and AND INTERFAITH DINNERS MEETINGS LOVE FESTS AND EVENTUALLY THE ERADICATION OF TORAH JUDAISM..you are a whole basket of wonders.
          BUT WITH EVERY NEGATIVE HASHEM GIVES A POSITIVE.

          LEARN THE LAWS OF DERECH ERETZ
          LEARN THE LAWS ON DEUT.
          LEARN 613 LAWS
          LEARN LASHON HARA
          AND DONT LEARN THEM FROM JEWISH PRESS,
          NOT FROM SHLOMO RISKIN NOR SCHMUELY BOTEACH
          and certainly not from jeusx.

          Examine each and every accusation I made
          then come back with the correct response

          liberalism is a sickness a decease and a destroyer.

  • Martin Edwin Andersen

    Please take the time to read “Common Lands, Common Ground: The indigenous agenda, Israel, Palestine and breaking the post-Oslo Peace Accords logjam” @ http://goo.gl/XZIKoa It encapsulates many ideas similar to those expressed repeatedly by Pope Francis, underscoring his powerful message of interfaith respect.

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