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Pope said to cancel upcoming trip to Israel

Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair during the audience to the Participants to Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, on May 5, 2022, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Pope Francis arrives in a wheelchair during the audience to the Participants to Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, on May 5, 2022, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

Pope Francis has canceled an upcoming trip to Israel, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

The planned trip was not officially confirmed by the Vatican, but according to reports the Pope was expected to arrive in the country on June 15.

The reports said his office said the trip — which was also to include other Middle East states — is canceled over his knee pain.

However, a political source tells the Israel Hayom newspaper that a recent wave of terror attacks in Israel seems to have had an impact on the Vatican’s decision not to come to the Holy Land at this stage.

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