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Pope invites Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Rome to pray for peace

The president, pope and prime minister, today at Yad Vashem (PA)

Francis urges Israel to stay on the path pf peace

Pope invites Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Rome to pray for peace

Pope Francis waves to the crowd at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity (CNS)

Pope makes announcement at the end of Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square

Pope urges Christians to promote peace at Mass in Amman

Pope Francis celebrates mass in Amman's International Stadium (AP)

Congregation of 300,000 attend papal Mass in Amman’s International Stadium

Francis calls for religious freedom in Middle East on Holy Land trip

Pope Francis speaks to King Abdullah II of Jordan (AP)

Pope begins intense three-day visit to the Holy Land in Jordan

Vatican official rebukes US nuns’ group for ‘fundamental errors’

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Cardinal Müller criticises Leadership Conference of Women Religious for honouring criticised Catholic theologian

Orthodox bishop outlines hopes for Pope’s visit to Israel

Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican (CNS)

Bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’s trip will promote Christian unity

President Obama meets Pope Francis for the first time

Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet for the first time Below: The Pope and the president exchange gifts, plus a video of the meeting (PA, RomeReports)

President Obama has visited the Vatican for a private meeting with the Pope

Repent now to avoid hell, Pope Francis tells members of the Mafia

Francis appeals to mafia members during his speech (AP)

Pontiff makes emotional appeal at prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence

Thousands of rare Vatican manuscripts to go online

A shelf of books in the Vatican library (CNS)

Documents that have up until now only been accessible to scholars to be digitised over the next four years

There’s no need to change Church teaching on contraception, says Pope Francis in new interview

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis says Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on birth control was ‘prophetic’