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Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Conflict between Israel and Hamas has not stopped pilgrimages ‘functioning like normal’

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope speaks of children ‘deprived of hope’ in unscripted remarks to faithful

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (CNS)

‘We need the politicians to be with us,’ says Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal

Israelis pray on the road where the three murdered teenagers were abducted (PA)

Vatican spokesman calls the killings ‘terrible and dramatic’

The Pope with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  (PA)

Pope Francis’s initiative may not work immediately but it is an important first step

Pope Francis looks on as Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas embrace at the Vatican in June (AP)

Israeli and Palestinian presidents embrace in Vatican Gardens during historic ‘invocation for peace’

Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

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

Pope Francis with Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, right, and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau at the Heichal Shlomo centre (PA)

Pope honoured by Israel’s voluntary emergency services organisation

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Historic moment comes fifty years after encounter between their predecessors