And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud. (Al Quran 5:83)
Pope Francis has called for an end to the “increasingly unacceptable” Palestinian-Israeli conflict during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
His comments came as he met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as part of a three-day tour of the Middle East.
He is holding an open-air mass for 8,000 local Christians by Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
The tour’s official purpose is to improve ties with the Orthodox Church.
Later, the Pope will travel to Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem where he will meet Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.
However, correspondents say Palestinians are hoping for a show of support as his visit comes just weeks after peace talks with Israel broke down.
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