UPI - Pope Francis to visit Holy Land

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Pope Francis announced at the Vatican Sunday he will visit the Holy Land in May.

Francis made the announcement in front of a crowd of people who braved rainy weather to hear his recital of the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Vatican Radio reported.

"In the climate of joy, typical of this Christmas season, I wish to announce that ... [May 24-26], God willing, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land," the pope said.

The trip will commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras on Jan. 5, 1964, Francis said.