The Holy Father begins his trip to the Holy Land today, let us keep him in our prayers. People have been concerned for his safety, and there are rising concerns about his overall health, so we need to pray for him. He has a very busy schedule.
This visit will be very important in terms of the Church's growing relationship with the Orthodox Churches, with Judaism and Islam. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Venerable Pope Paul IV's historic meeting with Patriarch Athenagoras which led to a great healing of wounds: those wounds have not yet been closed, much has yet to be done, but we are going in the right direction. Ut unum sint!
So let the Holy Father go with our prayers and support, may he receive many blessings on this pilgrimage and achieve much, and may he come home safe and sound.
And may he take a few days rest when he comes home! I think he needs to get into the Castel Gandolfo thing, just get away from it all for a few days. Would it be a sin for his aides to bundle him into a car and drive him out to Castel Gandolfo and keep him there for a week for R&R? Does that fall under canon 1370?
Anyway, may God the protect our Holy Father as he returns to the Holy City.
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