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Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Communications/www.rcdow.org.uk)

Archbishop Nichols says Church ‘promotes a just peace for all in the Holy Land’

A carpenter's workshop in Nazareth village, a convincing evocation of Nazareth in the time of Our Lord

A decade ago, pilgrimage travel companies just weren’t going there: now, they’re running full Holy Land tours

The bishops, including Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, centre, celebrate Mass at Amman in Jordan (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishops from the US and Europe issue statement at the end of their visit to the Holy Land

Bethlehem-area Christians gather for a Mass in protest at the separation wall (AP photo)

A proposed separation wall near Bethlehem may jeopardise a famous altar wine produced at the Cremisan Monastery

Icons are displayed in a shop window in Jerusalem's Old City (Photo: AP)

The Alliance Pentecostal church is acquiring new converts each month

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, where children will be confirmed before receiving first Holy Communion from 2012 (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool blesses children from the parish of St Justin in Rafidia, a northern suburb of Nablus in the Palestinian territories, during a pastoral visit on January 9. He told parishioners: ‘We are here to be with you in solidarity, but also to encourage you to build bridges. We all bring our sorrows, but we can transform them.’

Archbishop of Liverpool visits parish in the Palestinian territories

Archbishop Kelly prepares himself to take a shot in a youth centre in Rafidia. The founding of the centre, next to the church of St Justin in Rafidia, has been funded by Catholics in Liverpool and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Fr Johnny Abu-Khalil, parish priest of St Justin, said: ‘This youth centre will help young people stay in Palestine.’

Archbishop Patrick Kelly opens youth centre in Holy Land funded by Catholics in Liverpool

An Iraqi policeman guards a Christian church in Baghdad

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