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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity (CNS)

Pope makes announcement at the end of Mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square

Francis boards his flight for Jordan earlier today (PA)

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

A Jerusalem municipality worker hangs papal flags (AP

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Israeli border police walk by Christians on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem this year                     (CNS)

With the Pope visiting the Holy Land next week, Tim Stanley reports on the fascinating, troubled place

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem gestures during a procession in Haifa, Israel (CNS)

Patriarch of Jerusalem calls vandalism against Christian and Muslim properties a ‘blight on Israeli democracy’

Cardinal Péter Erdő will be the coordinator of the new commission (CNS)

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Holy Land Coordination bishops at Mass in Gaza
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishops visiting from North America and Europe say humanitarian situation is a scandal

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

Pope Francis waves at the crowd yesterday

Pope to visit Holy Land on May 24

Francis makes announcement on 50th anniversary of Paul’s Jerusalem meeting

King Mohammed VI addresses the Moroccan  parliament (AP)

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