Pope Benedict XVI visits holy sites in Jerusalem

pope-benedict-in-jerusalemPope Benedict XVI visited Muslim and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday as┬ápart of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

“In a world sadly torn by divisions, this sacred place serves as a stimulus, and also challenges men and women of goodwill to work to overcome misunderstandings and conflicts of the past and set out on the path of a sincere dialogue aimed at building a world of justice and peace for coming generations,” the pope said during a meeting with Mohammed Hussein.

He started at the Dome of the Rock, removed his red shoes before entering the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam. He then went to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism also known as the Wailing Wall, and placed a prayer in a crevice.

“I bring before you the joys, the hopes and the aspirations, the trials, the suffering and the pain of all your people throughout the world,” the note reads, “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, hear the cry of the afflicted, the fearful, the bereft; send your peace upon this Holy Land.”