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The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday

Monsignor Hilarion Capucci had a history of activism linked to Middle East conflicts

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

In the birthplace of Christianity, the different calendars used by churches mean that Christmas comes more than once a year

Most of the fires were under control by November 28, security officials said

‘Their numbers are small, but their faith is strong,’ the cardinal said

The Pope’s permanent observer at the UN told the Security Council that the creation of two states would help bring peace to the region

A delegation of bishops from the Holy Land Coordination was turned away from the Cremisan Valley

The Holy See has announced that its ‘comprehensive agreement’ with the ‘State of Palestine’ has now been put into effect

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