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People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism

Booklets showing Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas, one of four 19th-century nuns canonised on May 17 (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Pope Francis to canonise first modern saints to hail from the territory that made up historic Palestine

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Sister Gilbert Saliba visits Nidal Alawi, 11, of Gaza in the intensive care unit of St Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

Jerusalem patriarch, meanwhile, says conflict is turning Gaza into a ‘factory for extremists’

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the Angelus yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis celebrates mass in Amman's International Stadium (AP)

Congregation of 300,000 attend papal Mass in Amman’s International Stadium