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Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs meet in Bkerke, Lebanon (CNS)

The ecumenical meeting comes after clashes between the Lebanese army and Syria-based militants

Bishops from Europe and North America visit Cremisan Valley, west of Bethlehem
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

The Sea of Galilee as seen from the village of Capernaum (Photo: CNS)

The remaining all-Christian villages in the region are picturesque and prosperous and trace their history to the first century

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Cardinal Nichols in Gaza (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal says innocent citizens are caught in a ‘vice of conflicting ideologies’

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

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal will visit Holocaust memorial and Gaza

Palestinians attend Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Attachments to holy places shouldn’t be a cause of violence, says religious council

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Vatican’s UN nuncio makes comments in statement to Security Council