Pope Benedict XVI in the Holy Land:
'I Go as a Pilgrim of Peace'

Pope Benedict XVI

As the Holy Father visits the land where Jesus walked, CRS shares Pope Benedict's hopes for peace. For decades, CRS has served the poor in the holy land. Learn more.
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Latin Patriarchate co-cathedral in Jerusalem, May 12, 2009. Photo by Laura Sheahen/CRS


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National Catholic Register: "CRS Helps Palestinian Youth"

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Jerusalem the Golden

"Good energy there," my CRS coworker commented as we left a church celebration for Pope Benedict today. The young Palestinian seminarians, elderly nuns, and magenta-robed prelates in the church were clearly thrilled to be seeing the pope in person. Read more >>


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Highlights of the Holy Father's Schedule

Saturday, May 9, Jordan: Church of Moses at Mount Nebo; meeting with Muslim leaders
Sunday, May 10, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus was baptized
Monday, May 11, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Tuesday, May 12, Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall
Wednesday, May 13, Bethlehem: Mass in Manger Square, Caritas Children's Hospital; Aida refugee camp
Thursday, May 14, Nazareth: Mass on Mount Precipice; visit to the Basilica and Grotto of the Annunciation
Friday, May 15, Jerusalem: Holy Sepulcher


The Holy Land: My Home

A Palestinian Christian who works for CRS in Jerusalem shares his thoughts on what the Pope's visit means to the people who live in the Holy Land.

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