Israel is creating a special, limited edition series of stamps.
One Muslim calligrapher has spent two months writing a gospel in Arabic to present to the pope.
Palestinians in Bethlehem are building a stage for the pope right next to a towering concrete section of Israel's separation barrier. (Israel is demanding that they stop because they have no permits and it is a "security risk.")
Hard-line Muslims in Nazareth, where the pope will deliver one of his big sermons, say Benedict is not welcome because of a speech he gave in 2006 that criticized their prophet.
The small number of Palestinian Christians in the isolated, Hamas-led Gaza Strip are upset that the pope is not coming to visit.
The pope will visit Yad Vashem, but avoid a controversial display that criticized his Nazi-era predecessor for not doing enough to stop the Holocaust.
It should be an interesting trip...