The Holy Father announced on January 5th that his Holy Land trip will be May 24-26 this year. Previously it had been reported that it would be two days but now it appears he will fly to Amman, Jordan on the 24th, visit holy sites in Jordan and spend the night before continuing on to Jerusalem.
Pope Francis stressed that the purpose of his visit was to commemorate the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople that took place 50 years ago. It is well known that Pope Francis hopes to bring the Orthodox and Catholic Churches closer together.
Still no word on whether he will celebrate Mass in Israel proper…he will celebrate Mass in Bethlehem, which is located within the Palestinian Territories.