The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, launched a special section of the municipal Web site in Hebrew and English ahead of the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Mayor Barkat welcomes visitors with the following text:
“On behalf of the residents of Jerusalem, it is my distinct honor to welcome His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and the thousands of pilgrims from around the world that will be visiting Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the heart and soul of the Jewish people and a special city to more than 3 billion people of faith around the world.
“The rich history of Jerusalem continues to bring together great religions and their leaders from many cultures and faiths. Jerusalem is a true city of peace, where people of all backgrounds may practice their religious beliefs freely. Throughout the hills of Jerusalem you will breathe air full of compassion and joy, hope and happiness, rooted in the spirituality of our holy city. I know you will be inspired and rejuvenated by the faith found in every corner of Jerusalem. I welcome His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and each and every pilgrim with a message of perseverance for peace. With this historic and important visit to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, I know that we have taken one step closer to the religious freedom and tolerance we strive to achieve throughout the world and here in our Holy City. I wish His Holiness and all of our guests a joyous and fulfilling visit to Jerusalem.”
The municipal Web site is www.jerusalem.muni.il, and clicking the “EN” in the top left corner gives one access to the English section. The new section includes biographical information, relevant historical information and links to other governmental Web sites.
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