Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the Holy Land as a
true friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. His visit
marked an important stage in the development of the relationship between
the Vatican and Israel, strengthening the dialogue between
Christianity, Judaism and Islam, as part of the effort to achieve peace
in the region.
Members of all three great monotheistic religions live together in
Israel, and the country is committed to guaranteeing complete freedom of worship to all, and to safeguarding free access to all holy sites.
Pilgrimage to Israel constitutes a bridge to peace between peoples
and religions. Israel encourages Christians throughout the world to
support the message of the Pope's visit and to follow his example of
experiencing first-hand a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Israel invites
believers throughout the world to follow in the Pope's footsteps and
come on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.