Pope Francis has reportedly canceled his highly anticipated visit to Israel.

The trip was scheduled for May, but has been nixed due to an ongoing labor strike within the Israeli government.


Foreign Ministry workers have been on strike for weeks, which led to a recent trip cancellation for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Now, ministry sources are saying the pontiff’s spring travel has met a similar fate.

The cancellation could cause “large, measurable economic damage, with all the lost tourist revenue that would have accompanied the visit,” a Foreign Ministry source said, according to the Times of Israel.

The visit was planned to coordinate with the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic trip to Jerusalem, and would have been Francis’ first trek to the Jewish state since ascending to the Holy See last year.