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    Cardinal Sean O’Malley is in Israel, visiting Christian religious sites

    Shortly after returning from Rome for the conclave to elect a new pope, Cardinal Sean O’Malley departed Boston again this week for a pilgrimage to Israel.

    The head of the Archdiocese of Boston, along with 29 other priests from the Archdiocese, has been in Israel since Monday, an archdiocese statement said. The pilgrimage, which began Monday, will take O’Malley and the others to nearly two dozen Biblically significant sites in one week.

    “It is a packed itinerary and each stop contains untold riches of spiritual reflection on Jesus’ life, ministry, and teachings as well as our own Christian walk,” archdiocese spokesperson Terrence Donilon said in a statement.


    On Wednesday, the group held Mass in the Church of the Beatitudes, near Tabgha an Capernaum, Israel, then rode a boat on the Sea of Galilee. They also saw the spots where the Bible says Jesus first appeared to Paul and where he declared that Peter would be the “Rock on which His Church would be built,” the statement said.

    They will visit the Church of the Transfiguration at Mount Tabor on Thursday before traveling to Jericho and finally Jerusalem, where they will be staying, the statement said.

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