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Jerusalem Post editor David Horowitz recently called the German pope “a figure regarded with some wariness” in Israel. “He will likely be subjected to the merciless examination that his predecessor was spared,” he said.

On Tuesday, the general public in Jerusalem will get their first sight of the pontiff when he celebrates a Mass in the Kidron Valley beneath the walls of the Old City.

Just yards from the site thought to be the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was betrayed, a stage has been built for the service.

Also Tuesday, the pontiff will visit the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and will meet the Jerusalem’s grand mufti, Mohammed Hussein.