Before the end of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reminded pilgrims he will travel to the Holy Land on Saturday. He explained his goals for the trip, and asked for prayers for peace in the Middle East.
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"This upcoming Saturday, I will travel to the Holy Land, the land of Jesus. It will be a strictly religious visit.
"First, I will meet with my brother Bartholomew I, to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I. Peter and Andrew will meet once again, and that is very beautiful.
"The second reason is to pray for peace in this land that has suffered greatly. I ask you for your prayers for this trip.”