Although reports in the Israeli press stated earlier that Vatican sources had warned that Pope John Paul II might not visit Nazareth during his Holy Land pilgrimage in March if the tensions in the city continue, a spokesman for the apostolic delegation
denied that any such statement had been made from the Jerusalem mission.
Earlier in Deir Al-Ahmar, Rahi met with crowds of Christian and Apostolic delegations
, before whom he highlighted the significance of the human life.
For similar reasons he proposes to do away with the present system of nunciatures and apostolic delegations
An important step in carrying out his mission program was also the setting up of apostolic delegations
in the mission countries.