The Pope has begun a week-long visit to Jordan and Israel with words of respect for Islam.  From the JPost:

“My visit to Jordan gives me a welcome opportunity to speak of my deep respect for the Muslim community, and to pay tribute to the leadership shown by his majesty the king in promoting a better understanding of the virtues proclaimed by Islam,” Benedict said shortly after landing in Amman.

A traveler sends along photos from Nazareth of Muslim preparations for the Pope’s visit.  The large building in the background is the Church of the Annunciation, which the Pope is scheduled to visit on Thursday.