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Syrians look at a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma last week. Catholic leaders called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis (CNS photo/Mohammed Badra, EPA) See SYRIAC-CALL-DIPLOMACY Oct. 30, 2015.

Bishops also thanked God for release of Fr Jack Murad by ISIS earlier this month

Israeli border police walk past the wall being built between Palestinian and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem  on Sunday (AP)

Francis says courage must be shown to end rising violence between Palestinians and Israelis

A Palestinian woman looks out a bus window during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops in Hebron (CNS)

Four Israelis were recently killed in Jerusalem in an apparent act of revenge for the killing of a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint

A Vatican flag (CNS)

The Vatican flag will be raised at UN headquarters in New York City on Friday

Father Aktham Hijazin of Beit Jalla, West Bank, distributes Communion as he celebrates Mass Sept. 3 in the Cremisan Valley. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

A separation barrier was put up in the Cremisan Valley in August

Benedictine Father Nikodemus Schnabel poses for a photo inside a chapel in the Dormition Abbey on Mt Zion in Jerusalem (CNS)

The Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha was damaged in an arson attack in June

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's Square earlier this year (PA)

Archbishop Gallagher makes call for two-state solution ‘as soon as possible’

Fire damage at the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in  Tabgha (CNS)

Church of the Multiplication suffered arson attack last week

Pope Francis meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis urged the Palestinian president to be ‘an angel of peace’ – he didn’t tell him he was one

President Abbas greets the Pope at the conclusion of the canonisation Mass (CNS)

Meeting in Rome comes days after Vatican referred to state of Palestine