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Michael H. Klein wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • How do Catholics view the recently-completed pilgrimage of the Pope to the Holy Land?

Specifically:

  • Do they view it as a success or a disappointment?
  • Do they resent political leaders trying to use the Pope's visit for their own ends?
  • Do they feel that the Pope's receptions, on the part of his hosts, were gracious or do they feel there was not a lot to be desired?
  • Were the expectations of Israelis and Palestinians in the Pope's visit reasonable or too high?

As I understand it, one of the Pope's goals was reconciliation with the other faiths of the Holy Land.

  • Do Catholics feel that he was able to get any closer to his goal in this visit?

Thank you!

Michael Klein
Brooklyn, New York

  { How do Catholics view the recent pilgrimage of the Pope John Paul II to the Holy Land? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Michael —

Thanks for the question.

You said:

  • How do Catholics view the recently-completed pilgrimage of the Pope to the Holy Land?

Specifically:

  • Do they view it as a success or a disappointment?

As a practicing Catholic I view it as a wonderful success. I think it is great that the Arab and Israelite people, or most of them, were very open to his visit to one of the holiest places on earth.

You said:

  • Do they resent political leaders trying to use the Pope's visit for their own ends?

No. The Pope, especially one as smart as this one is, knows that political leaders will use him for their own political gain ... Hey, their politicians.

You said:

  • Do they feel that the Pope's receptions, on the part of his hosts, were gracious or do they feel there was not a lot to be desired?

I think, with a few exceptions, his hosts were gracious, and I hope they also extended an invitation for a return visit to their country.

You said:

  • Were the expectations of Israelis and Palestinians in the Pope's visit reasonable or too high?

I really can't say; I'm not an Israelis or Palestinian. I'm just a faithful Catholic who lives in America.

You said:
As I understand it, one of the Pope's goals in his visit was reconciliation with the other faiths of the Holy Land.

  • Do Catholics feel that he was able to get any closer to his goal in this visit?

I do. I believe when the Vicar of Christ for the Catholic Church leaves a letter of apology on the wailing wall for Jewish people to read — asking for forgiveness for all the previous sins of the Catholic Church toward the Jewish people, that's pretty good!

Your brother in prayer, your brother in Christ,

Mike

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