Pope Francis arrives in Jordan for Mideast trip

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Pope Francis greets journalists aboard the papal flight on his way to Amman, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Pope Francis arrived in Jordan on Saturday to kick off his first visit to the Middle East since becoming the head of the Catholic Church, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.
In Jordan, Francis will meet with King Abdullah, hold Mass in a stadium in Amman and, on the banks of the River Jordan, hear first-hand accounts of the suffering of Syrian refugees.
On Sunday, the pope will journey to Bethlehem where he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before lunching with Palestinian families in a refugee camp.
Pope Francis will visit the al-Aqsa Mosque compound Monday and will meet with Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein.  He will also go to Israel\’s national cemetery on Mount Herzl and to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
Pope Francis is also scheduled to meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: Agencies
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