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Vatican reconfirms pope's trip to Holy Land

'All according to schedule' says secretary of state

07 March, 16:24
Vatican reconfirms pope's trip to Holy Land (see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - The Vatican reconfirmed Friday that Pope Francis' May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land will go ahead as scheduled despite an Israeli foreign ministry labour dispute. "Everything is going according to plan. This trip will take place according to the program already established," said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Earlier Friday the Vatican said the strike may pose difficulties in preparing the trip to Israel and the Palestine Territories. Israel's foreign ministry had said the visit was off.