Pope to visit the Holy Land, but details spark debate

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(RNS) Christmas is the one time each year when much of the world turns its gaze to Bethlehem, the West Bank town at the heart of the Gospel account of Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. But Bethlehem may be in for a second round of global publicity in the span of a few months with the expected visit of Pope Francis in May.