After an exchange of gifts (the pope gets a book, Israel gets an ancient map), Francis signs the Western Wall guestbook with a lengthy entry, telling the Wall rabbi that he wrote of his joy at visiting the site.
From here, the papal delegation is moving to Mount Herzl for a visit to Theodor Herzl’s grave and then they’re off on a highly touted trip to the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem.
At the site, Francis will meet President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders.
While there, the pope will “rekindle the eternal flame,” lay a wreath and meet with six Holocaust survivors.
He will also give an address where he is expected to condemn anti-Semitism.