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May First in Bethlehem: an evening of music and performances at the John Paul II Foundation, in the presence of the mayor of Bethlehem and the Italian and Palestinian authorities. 

The occasion was manifold: to celebrate the first anniversary of the beatification of Pope John Paul II in one of the cities he loved most… But also to remember the siege of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem ten years ago, and participate simultaneously in the feast of workers in the land of St. Joseph.

In Bethlehem the Pope repeated the official position of the Holy See: " Mr. President the Holy See supports the right of your people to sovereign Palestinian home-land in the land of your forefathers, secure and at a peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognised borders. In the words of the late Pope John Paul II there can be "no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness".