President of Israel Yitzhak Duke called Pope Francis and wished him a Merry Christmas and New Year. This is reported by The Times of Israel.
“The President stressed that Israel is fully committed to protecting the well-being and status of Christian churches and communities in the Holy Land and the Middle East,” the president’s representatives said in a statement. br />
In addition, the Duke told the Pope about his visit to one of the churches in Nazareth, and added that Isrial “supports his Christian minority and is committed to freedom of religion.”