Pope, king discuss Jordan trip Admin Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Pope Francis and King Abdullah II of Jordan held talks over tea at the Vatican with an eye to the pontiff’s upcoming visit. Francis leaves May 24 for Jordan, the first stop on a three-day pilgrimage that will also take him to the West Bank and Israel. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.