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Pope Francis begins Middle East pilgrimage
Pope Francis begins Middle East pilgrimage

Pope Francis landed in Jordan on Saturday, beginning a three-day Mideast pilgrimage he vowed would be religious in nature, but will inevitably reflect the region’s volatile politics. After touching down at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, the pontiff received a red-carpet welcome, accepting bouquets from children and shaking hands with assembled dignitaries and religious leaders. This is his first visit to the Holy Land as pope, and the trip will also take him to the West Bank and Israel. Security was tight, with Francis clearly making his hosts somewhat nervous by eschewing a bulletproof “popemobile.” Jordanian soldiers lined the airport road at...

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