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Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Francis meets bishops at the end of the general audience (AP)

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Racist organisations like the BNP have very little support in Britain (PA)

Reports of rising levels of prejudice may just reflect over-diagnosis

Pope Francis embraces Filipino leader Cardinal Tagle last November (CNS)

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Francis prays at the separation barrier on his way to a Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem (Photo: PA)

The Holy Father understands symbolism, and will realise the pressure he has put on Israel

Pope Francis with Israeli President Shimon Peres,  and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Ben Gurion airport (PA)

Tears and cheers as Pope Francis arrives by helicopter in Tel Aviv

Francis boards his flight for Jordan earlier today (PA)

A new church in Magdala pays tribute to the ‘eternal dignity of women’

Archbishop Tomasi shakes hands with Claudio Grossmann, chairman of the UN Committee against Torture during a hearing in Geneva on May 5 (AP)

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Hans Frank, second left in middle row, at the Nuremberg trials. He was hanged for his role in the Nazi genocide (PA)

Blessed Franz, whose feast day was this week, reminds us that the exercise of conscience makes us human

A worker at the Israeli president's residence prepares for the papal visit (PA)

His role as peacemaker is underestimated, but crucial