The real reason for the Holy Land pilgrimage? Admin Thursday, May 29, 2014 Amid the many secular emphases on political questions, the pope and the Vatican amply laid out the spiritual agenda for Francis’ just completed visit to the Middle East. © 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.