Pope Francis prays for peace with Israeli, Palestinian leaders



Pope Francis looks on as Israel’s President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greet each other Sunday during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens.

Pope Francis made an unprecedented bid for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday by hosting a prayer meeting at the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and Palestine Authority.

Pope Francis calls Israeli-Palestinian stalemate ‘unacceptable’


Pope Francis visits Israel's separation barrier in Bethlehem
Pope Francis visits Israel’s separation barrier in Bethlehem. Photograph: AP

Pope Francis has called the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians unacceptable, as he landed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state.

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