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Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal visits Gaza (Photo: CNS)

Patriarch to speak to Gaza’s prime minister after order forbidding girls and boys learning together at school

Pope Francis greets Israeli President Shimon Peres  at the Vatican  (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff ‘would be happy to visit Holy Land,’ says Vatican

Pope Francis greets a newly ordained priest yesterday (AP)

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Herodium, the desert site of King Herod's fortress and palace, where his tomb was found in 2007 (Photo: CNS)

Curators of a blockbuster exhibition have sought to sanitise his reputation

Israeli forces march along Israel's separation barrier (Photo: PA)

To accuse Scarfe of a ‘blood libel’ is unpardonably over the top: accusations of that seriousness should be more carefully made

Pope Benedict with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv in 2009

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Hamas militants at a press conference in Gaza City announcing the ceasefire (Photo: PA)

Reconciliation actually works – that’s what the allies discovered in Germany: but can it be done without unconditional surrender?

Recordings of the voices of many former popes, including Benedict XVI, feature in the new archive  (AP)

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One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours