Pope Francis landed Sunday in the cradle of Christianity and stopped briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding the biblical West Bank town. (May 25)
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Bethlehem, West Bank - 25 May 2014
1. Pope Francis exiting Jordanian helicopter at Bethlehem helipad, zoom in as he is welcomed by officials
2. Top shots of Francis walking with officials
3. Pope Francis getting out of car and embracing President Mahmoud Abbas
4. Pan down of Pope at wall
5. Pan of crowd
6. Close up of Opoe during mass
7. Wide of mass
8. Medium of Pope in mobile
9. Wide shot of mobile driving through crowd
10. Wide of crowd
Pope Francis landed Sunday in the cradle of Christianity in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state, calling the stalemate in peace talks "unacceptable" and stopping briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding the biblical West Bank town.
Jubilant Palestinians cheered Francis on the second day of his Mideast pilgrimage as he arrived for Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square, shouting "Viva al-Baba!" or "Long live the pope!" Giant Palestinian flags in red, white, green and black and the Vatican's yellow-and-white flags decorated the square, which is home to the Church of the Nativity, built over Jesus' traditional birth grotto.
A smaller crowd waving Vatican flags also surrounded Francis as he made a brief stop en route to the square at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding three sides of Bethlehem. Francis got out of his open-topped car and bowed his head in silent prayer before the massive concrete wall that Israel says is necessary for its security and the Palestinians say has stifled life in Bethlehem and engulfed land across the West Bank.
Previous popes always came to the West Bank after first arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel. Francis, however, landed at a Bethlehem helipad from Jordan aboard a Jordanian helicopter and immediately headed into an official welcoming ceremony and meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.