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CURRENT ISSUE:  May 25, 2009
VOL. 47, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
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Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by the crowd during his visit to the Regina Pacis center in Amman, Jordan, May 8. The center is operated by three Comboni Missionary Sisters and a team of teachers, therapists and volunteers who educate and care for Muslims and Christians with disabilities.
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ABOVE: Pope Benedict XVI wears a shmagh, a Jordanian head scarf presented to him at the Regina Pacis center in Amman, Jordan, May 8. The center was the first stop on the pope’s weeklong pastoral visit to the Holy Land.
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LEFT: Pope Benedict XVI and Israel’s Presi-dent Shimon Peres plant an olive tree, an ancient symbol of peace and prosperity, in the garden of the presidential palace in Jerusalem, May 11.

Pope Benedict XVI holds hands with Rabbi David Rosen, left, and Sheik Muafek Tarif, the Druze spiritual leader in Israel, during a meeting with religious leaders at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, May 14. A specially composed song of peace was sung as the leaders held hands.
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Pope Benedict XVI stands in front of the Dome of the Rock, on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 12. The pope removed his shoes before entering the seventh-century shrine that protects an exposed rock revered by Muslims as the place from which Mohammed ascended to heaven.
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Scouts carry banners as Pope Benedict XVI travels in his popemobile past the controversial Israeli security barrier during a visit to the Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, May 13.
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Pope Benedict XVI kneels in front of the Stone of Unction, believed to be where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 15.
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