Tourists visit the Cenacle, where Christian tradition says Jesus attended The Last Supper, on Mount Zion just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls May 20, 2014.(REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
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On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone's throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951 .The Palestinian Christians of Galilee, who hold Israeli nationality, admit some disappointment that unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis will not be visiting Christian landmarks in the north during his visit.In August 2012, dozens of young people whose families originated from the village set up a makeshift camp outside the church, as they had done every summer.According to a survey carried out in April by Dr. Bernard Sabella, an expert on Palestinian Christians, 62 percent of those living in Jerusalem want to emigrate due to economic difficulties and the political stalemate.But whether they are living in Israel, in occupied East Jerusalem or in the occupied West Bank, the Christian community is looking to Pope Francis for encouragement.
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