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Francis embraces a child during today's audience

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

Pope Francis is greeted by young people during a meeting in the Deheishe  Refugee Camp (CNS)

Francis was speaking during visit to the Deheishe Refugee Camp

Pope Francis with Israeli President Shimon Peres,  and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Ben Gurion airport (PA)

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

Pope Francis prays with the Italian bishops yesterday (AP)

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Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

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

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

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

Pope Francis waves at the crowd yesterday

Pope to visit Holy Land on May 24

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

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

Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one