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Benedictine Father Nikodemus Schnabel poses for a photo inside a chapel in the Dormition Abbey on Mt Zion in Jerusalem (CNS)

The Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha was damaged in an arson attack in June

Fr Jorge Hernandez celebrates Mass at Holy Family Catholic church in Gaza (CNS)

‘Compared with a year ago, we’re worse off,’ says Gaza parish priest Fr Jorge Hernandez

A Christian Orthodox pilgrim bathes in the Jordan River (AP)

What matters is not so much the precise spot of Jesus’s baptism, but rather the importance of the whole ritual

An Israeli firefighter assesses damage to the Church of the Multiplication (AP)

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An Aymara indigenous woman walks past a poster of Francis in La Paz, Bolivia (AP)

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Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's Square earlier this year (PA)

Archbishop Gallagher makes call for two-state solution ‘as soon as possible’

The church after the attack (CNS)

Church of the Multiplication suffered arson attack last week

The attack on the church has been widely condemned (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Church in Jerusalem)

Israel is considering labelling the fire a terrorist attack

Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27, 2014 (AP)

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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