Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope’s visit

(CNA/EWTN News).- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit’s success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass.


“Everywhere, in the Holy Land, people are praying for Pope Francis,” Joseph Sweiss, a Catholic seminarian from the area of Amman, Jordan, told Aid to the Church in Need.

“We are so greatly looking forward to welcoming him. We Christians are only a small minority here in the Holy Land. Hence it is important to know that the Pope is thinking of us.”

Pope Francis will visit the Holy Land and Jordan May 24-26. He will celebrate Sunday Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on May 25.

Sweiss, a seminary student at Beit Jala near Bethlehem, said that Pope Francis is “a real model of the priesthood” and “gives the example of a good shepherd.”

“He will teach us how to live in respect and peace with others, how to be the salt of the earth.”

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