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Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations (CNS)

The Pope’s permanent observer at the UN told the Security Council that the creation of two states would help bring peace to the region

President Abbas greets the Pope at the conclusion of the canonisation Mass (CNS)

The Holy See has announced that its ‘comprehensive agreement’ with the ‘State of Palestine’ has now been put into effect

A Palestinian throws back a gear gas canister during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem (Photo: AP)

Bishop Lang expresses concern over escalating violence in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis urged the Palestinian president to be ‘an angel of peace’ – he didn’t tell him he was one

President Abbas greets the Pope at the conclusion of the canonisation Mass (CNS)

Meeting in Rome comes days after Vatican referred to state of Palestine

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks and Cardinal Müller at the Vatican conference on marriage

Religious leaders from all over the world paused to pray in wake of synagogue attack

A Palestinian family flee their house in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip (CNS)

CRS currently delivering humanitarian aid to thousands of Gazans

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his way to Rome from the Holy Land (PA)

Pope tells reporters prayers at Israeli-built separation barrier were not planned

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community