5 Things You Should Know about the Pope's Visit to Israel Palestine
On the West Bank, he will greet children from several Palestinian refugee camps.
Palestinian Archbishop Atallah Hanna, who is Eastern Orthodox (as are most Christians in the Middle East) said he hopes Pope Francis will “see the suffering of the Palestinian people.”
“We are misrepresented and are unfortunately seen by some to be criminals and terrorists,” Hanna said. “I hope they can see that we are a civilized, peaceful and well-educated people seeking freedom and a better future.”
John Esposito, an expert on international relations at Georgetown University, said the Pope’s meeting with Christians in Bethlehem could open some eyes about the Israel-Palestinian standoff.
“It will underscore the fact that it’s not just a Muslim-Jewish conflict,” he said.