Pope Benedict XVI formally announced Sunday that he would make his first papal visit to the Holy Land from May 8 to 15.
In his long-planned trip, the pope is expected to visit Amman, Jordan; Jerusalem and Nazareth in Israel; and Bethlehem in the West Bank, the Vatican said in a statement.
Ah, the Holy Land. That nebulous imaginary place.
But why is it holy?
Because of Molech sacrifice of children?
Ammorite practices? Canaanite rituals?
Or Jewish religious customs and the introduction of monotheism? Jewish prophets, the Jewish Temple worship, the morality and philosophy of life.
And will the Pope be bringing some holiness or with the Williamson catastrophe of reintroducing Holocaust denial, Cardinal Renato Martino saying the Gaza Strip resmbles “a big concentration camp” and the beatification of Pius XII - not to mention Mt. Zion being handed over - trip everything up?