Bethlehem was teeming with tourists and pilgrims just days before Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to visit the city as part of his eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. “We are very pleased the Pope is coming. It gives us a good feeling,” said 41-year-old Gabi Awad, whose nine-year-old son, Rojeh, had just celebrated his first communion at the Catholic St. Catherine Church. “We would like

[the Pope] to take care of the Christians in the Holy Land. The situation here is very difficult.”