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What Would Pope Benedict Watch?

By Gabrielle Birkner

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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews may have beef with El Al, but Pope Benedict XVI apparently doesn’t.

As the Forward is reporting, the Rabbinical Transportation Committee — an organization tasked with representing the mass transit interests of Israel’s Haredi community — is urging traditionally observant Jews to shun El Al — citing the national air carrier “immodest” in-flight entertainment options (a.k.a. feature films that show men and women in various states of undress).

But the pontiff, also known for his conservative sensibilities, will reportedly travel on El Al en route to the Vatican from Israel on May 15, on the heels of a week-long trip to the Middle East. The designated Boeing 777 will bear the logo of the Holy See — comprising a crown, a key, and nine crosses.

No word yet on the in-flight entertainment on offer for Pope Benedict and his entourage.

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