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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

Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs meet in Bkerke, Lebanon (CNS)

The ecumenical meeting comes after clashes between the Lebanese army and Syria-based militants

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks and Cardinal Müller at the Vatican conference on marriage

Religious leaders from all over the world paused to pray in wake of synagogue attack

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal will visit Holocaust memorial and Gaza

Palestinians attend Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Attachments to holy places shouldn’t be a cause of violence, says religious council

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Vatican’s UN nuncio makes comments in statement to Security Council

A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike earlier this year (CNS)

Joint statement says Palestinians right to statehood is ‘long overdue’