Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Israel's top police officer vowed Sunday that Jewish extremists would not be allowed to spoil the upcoming visit of Pope Francis by vandalizing holy Christian sites.Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto played down concerns that the visit could be spoiled by a handful of extremists, saying there was a "very limited" number of them."We know that this happens but we should not over-estimate them, or give them more importance than they have, because we know that the majority of the Israeli people are happy that the Holy Father is coming," he told reporters. He said Pope Francis was coming to bring a powerful message about coexistence without fear. Later that day, he will go to Jerusalem, where he will stay until the evening of May 26 .His brief stay was being treated by Israeli police with the same level of importance as the 2012 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, the police commissioner said.
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