Pope Benedict XVI Visits Holy Sites in Jerusalem

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On May 11, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI began his week long “journey of faith”, as he called it, in the Middle East that included visits to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. Here, the Pope and Israeli President Shimon Peres, plant a tree at the garden of the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.

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At a Mount Scopus reception ceremony.

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At the reception ceremony at Ben Gurion airport.

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Pope Benedict XVI flanked by his assistant Monsignor Guido Marini, places a note in the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 11.

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At Yad Vashem.

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Pope Benedict XVI stands in front of the Dome of the Rock, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount on May 12.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a tour at the garden of the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem, Monday, May 11.

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Israeli President Shimon Peres greets Pope Benedict XVI in front of an Israeli youth choir at his residence in Jerusalem, May 11.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu hold hands as Israel’s President Shimon Peres smiles in the back right, during a welcoming ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, May 11.

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