Pope's Mideast visit has 'political dimension': Cleric
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis's visit to the Middle East in May will inevitably have a "political dimension" and there are high expectations also among the Muslim population, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said on Wednesday.
Fouad Twal said in an interview with I.Media, a news agency specialised in Vatican affairs, that he hoped the visit would also help develop closer relations between local Catholic and Orthodox communities.
"Of course the visit will have a political dimension because this dimension is our oxygen," Twal said.
Francis on Sunday announced he will travel to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem on May 24-26.