Historic visit of Pope Francisco to the Holy Land

Pope Francis said his upcoming trip to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank is "strictly religious" to pray for peace in the region. Controversy over papal telegram Cristina Fernández

Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Latin American community in the Holy Land agree on the importance of the visit, next weekend, the pope Francisco area, the first Latin American pope, and hope that their presence is a sign of peace and harmony for the future. Due to security measures imposed since the Second Intifada (2000-2005), West Bank Palestinians, Christians and Muslims can not freely access the holy city, except on the feasts of every religion and always with permission cumbersome that not all obtained.

Francisco plans to meet with Syrian refugees and Palestinian rulers of Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, the Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Mufti of Jerusalem. The visit marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's meeting with the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide. Francisco will meet in Jerusalem with the current orthodox leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who has called brother.

In Jerusalem, Israel's national police force said on Wednesday issued a restraining order against a number of Jewish extremists who had planned to cause disturbances during the pontiff's visit. In the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem live at least 50,000 Palestinians are citizens of countries in Latin America, especially Chile and Brazil, but also from El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela or Peru. A Honduran-Palestinian family lunch with the Pope during the meeting that it plans to hold in Bethlehem with several Palestinian families.

Controversial accuracy Francisco telegram:

The scandal of the letter of Pope Francisco to President Cristina Kirchner for May 25 this morning added a new and confusing chapter. Secretary of ceremonies Protocol and the high priest, Monsignor William Karcher, went to "rectify" the denial that he had done yesterday on the papal letter. In an interview with Radio Continental, religious said: "Today rectified, I do so with great honesty: it is a real letter, telegram legitimate, which comes at the time of the Fatherland party."

Monsignor Karcher recognized around 6 am, in a brief interview that it was not a letter but a telegram was sent from the Vatican to the head of state to celebrate the anniversary of the May Revolution. Secretary General of the Presidency, Oscar Parrilli and Secretary of Worship, Guillermo Oliveri, reported hours before the press that the Pope's letter officially disseminated Francisco with his greetings to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and through him to the people Argentina, for the Independence Day, is "absolutely true".

They explained that the letter arrived in the usual way in which the letters of the Holy Father received and after rumors about his alleged lack of authenticity, communicated with the Nunciature, whose secretary confirmed that indeed had been dispatched by the Vatican embassy in Buenos Aires in the Foreign Ministry.

traslation: Belén Zapata