(CNA) A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26.
Gustavo Adolfo Franco Picaza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, made the winning video for a contest held via Instagram at #PopeinHolyLand.
In a message to the organizers of the contest, Picaza said he would carry a special intention on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land: “To pray for peace in my country of Venezuela and for peace in the entire world.”
“I come from a very Christian family and ever since I was a child it has been a dream… [I] prayed every day to go and see the land of Jesus, the land promised by God to his people, the land where God sent his son to save the world, to visit the Holy Land, to walk its streets, but above all to pray in its churches. It’s a dream I have always had and now that by God’s grace you have given me this opportunity, I cannot pass it up,” Picaza said.