Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Security measures may thwart pilgrims hoping to see Pope Francis in Holy Land

Catholic World News - May 22, 2014

Many Christian pilgrims will be unable to see Pope Francis during his visit to the Holy Land on May 24-26 because of tight security measures and a shortage of tickets, warned Bishop William Shomali.

Bishop Shomali, an auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said that the number of people seeking tickets to attend papal events was higher than for previous visits by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. But access to public events has been limited because of security concerns, he reported.

Bishop Shomali suggested that Israeli security forces have insisted on tighter security in part because of the Pope’s refusal to travel in an armored car.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,942 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,058.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod 10 hours ago
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried 10 hours ago
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy 11 hours ago
Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All July 28
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21