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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

The president, pope and prime minister, today at Yad Vashem (PA)

Francis urges Israel to stay on the path pf peace

Pope Francis greets Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

Abbas told Pope Francis he hopes to sign a peace deal soon

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Communications/www.rcdow.org.uk)

Archbishop Nichols says Church ‘promotes a just peace for all in the Holy Land’