|Israel||GOVERNMENT RELEASES POPE'S PLANS FOR HOLY LAND TOUR|
Pope John Paul II will celebrate Mass in several locations that are considered significant in the life of Jesus Christ, according to a tentative itinerary the Israeli government issued on Tuesday.
The Pope will celebrate one Mass in front of the Basilica of Annunciation where the Virgin Mary was reportedly told she will bear a son. Another will take place in the Church of Nativity where Jesus is said to have been born. A mount overlooking the Sea of Gailee area where Christians believe that Jesus performed miracles and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where he was reportedly buried are other venues where the Pope will celebrate the Eucharist, the itinerary said.
His schedule also includes meetings with Israel's two chief rabbis and the Islamic Grand Mufti. He will also visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest existing site, and The Temple Mount esplanade beside Islam's third holiest site.
The Pope is scheduled to arrive in Israel's Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, on Tuesday 21 March. He is scheduled to leave Israel Sunday evening.