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Visit of Pope Benedict XVI 11/5/2009

Program of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's Visit

Upon arrival at Yad Vashem, Pope Benedict XVI will be received by President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Mr. Avner Shalev.

Memorial Ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance

  • “A Walk to Caesarea” – the Ankor Choir under the direction of Dafna Ben Yohanan
  • Rekindling of the Eternal Flame – Pope Benedict XVI
  • Reading of the Identification
  • Laying of the wreath - Pope Benedict XVI
  • A reading
  • El Maleh Rahamim – Cantor Asher Hainowitz

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  • Greeting six Holocaust survivors and a Righteous Among the Nations
  • Address – Pope Benedict XVI
  • Presentation to the Pope – Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
  • Signing the Visitors’ Book
  • “Ani Ma’amin” – the Ankor Choir