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The Holy Father understands symbolism, and will realise the pressure he has put on Israel

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

Bishops say discussions on Israel-Palestine conflict were “timely and challenging”

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

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

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

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

Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod

Pope: we can never give up on peace

Pope Benedict XVI closes Middle East Synod by urging bishops never to resign themselves ‘to the absence of peace’

Pope meets Israeli president

The two men expressed hope that the renewal of talks in Washington would lead to ‘lasting peace’