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Pope Benedict XVI in Nazareth

14 May 2009

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Holy Land in May 2009 (see previous blog entry – “Pope’s BibleWalks”). The Papal visit included one day in Nazareth after flying in by copter from Jerusalem and landing on Mt Percipice.


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The visit started with a public morning Mass on top of Precipice Mountain. The site overlooks the old city from the east side, on the place where according to tradition Jesus leaped from the hill after chased away from the synagogue. A new outdoor stadium was constructed on the western slopes of the mountain to contain the crowd of 40,000 who gathered for the mass.

The photo below shows the mass on the mountain.


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After the 2 hour Mass the Pope visited the Basilica of the Annunciation which is located in the heart of old Nazareth.


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The Pope’s vehicle passed through the streets of Nazareth under heavy police protection, with over 4,000 policemen who lined the streets and patrolled the area and the skies. Residents and pilgrims greeted the Holy See along the way to the Annunciation Basilica where the Pope continued his visit inside the Church. Due to security restrictions the Pope-Mobile remained on Mt Precipice, which disappointed the thousands that waited along the route.


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Inside the Church he visited the ancient underground cave in the house of Mary, then met with leaders from the Galilee and Israel’s prime minister.

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