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Pope Francis to fly El Al on journey home from Israel

By Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis will fly with Israeli national carrier El Al when he returns home from his visit to Israel next month.

El Al will assign a special crew and mark the plane with the official Vatican seal for the Boeing 777 flight.

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Pope’s two-day visit to Israel is ‘chiefly religious’

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Pope Francis’s two-day visit to the Holy Land is expected to go ahead, despite the strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

According to a source involved in planning the visit in May, the pope will land first in Jordan, travel to Bethlehem in the Palestinian territories and then spend a day in Jerusalem.

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Pope ‘to open archives on Pius XII’

By Isabel de bertodano, January 23, 2014

One of Argentina’s most senior rabbis has confirmed that Pope Francis is likely to open to the public Vatican archives concerning the action of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who is rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, has been a close friend of the Pope for many years and stayed with him in the Vatican in September.

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Pope Francis to travel to Israel in May

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2014

The Pope is to travel to Israel in May for his first visit since becoming Pontiff.

Francis I announced his plans during his Sunday address to thousands of Catholics gathered in St Peter's Square.

Further details announced by the Vatican revealed that the trip to the Holy Land would be the Pope's first overseas tour of the year.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu's papal gift: book on Inquisition

By Shira Rubin, December 5, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Pope Francis with a book about the Spanish Inquisition during their unprecedented, 25-minute private audience at the Vatican on Monday.

Mr Netanyahu gave the pontiff the Spanish translation of the 1995 book, The Origins of the Inquisition, written by the Israeli leader’s late historian father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu.

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Embarrassment as Netanyahu misses out on Pope meeting

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

Amid growing signs that Pope Francis I is seeking better and closer ties with global Jewry, a meeting between the pontiff and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was called off this week after the Vatican said it had not been aware of any such appointment.

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Netanyahu to meet the Pope and John Kerry in Italy

By Charlotte Oliver, October 17, 2013

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Pope Francis I in Italy next week, before holding discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Netanyahu will visit Pope Francis in the Vatican next Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff's anticipated trip to Israel in March. This follows President Shimon Peres's recent meeting with the head of the Catholic Church earlier this year.

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Pope says antisemitism ‘not Christian’

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2013

Pope Francis condemned “all manifestations of antisemitism” during his first meeting with official Jewish representatives since his election.

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Pope accepts invitation to Jerusalem

By Elliot Miller, June 11, 2013

The new Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Israeli President Shimon Peres to visit Jersualem. Both of the Pope’s direct predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, visited the holy city, the latter in 2009.

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Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka: firm friends but football rivals

By Isabel de Bertodano, April 25, 2013

On the evening before his inauguration last month, Pope Francis made a call to an old friend in Buenos Aires.

“Hello, it’s Bergoglio. They trapped me here in Rome and they won’t let me come home,” he told Rabbi Abraham Skorka, whom he has known for 20 years.

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