Not on the itinerary Sunday was Jordan's King Abdullah II, who gave Pope Benedict a personal tour of an area around the Jordan River. Jordan's
King Abdullah is planning to build five Christian churches near the historical site some refer to as the birth of Christianity. And one of the expected consequences of the Holy Father's visit to the location is that pilgrims will rediscover its significance.The pope blessed two foundations of those future churches, one Latin rite, the other Greek-Melkite.
Wiki-image of the Rift Valley is in the public domain.