Vatican to recognize Lebanon as a pilgrimage destination in 2019

will recognize as a pilgrimage destination in 2019, according to a source. has been absent from the list that is issued by the Holy See for twelve years. This list is used as the main reference by pilgrims from around the world.


President is behind this move. He brought up the issue during his official visit to .

How hundreds of Israeli Christians are making pilgrimages to


Who knew that is a famous pilgrimage site in ? and do not have diplomatic relations since they are enemy states. However, many Israeli Christians have made pilgrimages to in the past 100 years. The trips, which are organized by the Galilee’s Christian clergymen in , last for a week. People from all ages visit to pray and visit holy sites.

Israeli Christians


The people who would like to take part in this trip register their names in the church. Then, the Palestinian authorities issue passports to the visitors. These passports are valid for one visit. The pilgrims go from to Jordan, and then they fly to . The trip is organized in a way that leaves little time for participants for themselves. They have about two to three hours to spend in malls. The instructions are clear: visitors should follow the schedule and not go anywhere without the guide’s knowledge.

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