Israel Issues Restraining Orders to Protect Pope Francis During His Visit

Photo ~ The Upper Room or Cenacle, the room where Jesus held the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and where He instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders (and the Eucharist - ED).

Israel has clamped down on potential troublemakers in the days leading up to Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Holy Land on May 24-26.

According to a report released today by Reuters, Israeli police and the Shin Bet internal security service handed restraining orders to several Jewish right-wing activists whom they believed intended to cause “disruptions during the pope’s visit and be involved in provocative illegal acts.”

The restraining orders issued today will bar activists from certain areas, such as the area surrounding the Cenacle–which is believed to be the site of the Last Supper, and which some Jewish activists believe to be the burial site of King David.

According to the Financial Times, another major protest had been planned for May 22, just before the pope’s visit. Today’s restraining order will hopefully prevent this protest and will remain in effect for four days, long enough to ensure that Pope Francis’ visit is not interrupted by violence or protests.

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