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Topic: Middle East

Blog from the Holy Land: ‘The Pope is here so people remember us’

Tears and cheers as Pope Francis arrives by helicopter in Tel Aviv

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Tony Blair’s alliance with China and Russia is as immoral as it is naive

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

John Kerry meets Vatican counterpart in Rome

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

US bishop says world must tackle ‘intolerable’ situation in Gaza

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community

Pope to visit Holy Land on May 24

Francis makes announcement on 50th anniversary of Paul’s Jerusalem meeting

Pope Francis calls for full religious freedom in the Middle East

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

The so-called global war on Christians is a fiction

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

Archbishop Nichols meets Mahmoud Abbas to discuss Middle East peace process

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

Pope Francis prays that Syria will escape ‘spiral of sorrow and death’

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square