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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 embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Francis meets bishops at the end of the general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis talks to journalists on his way to Rome from the Holy Land (PA)

Pope tells reporters prayers at Israeli-built separation barrier were not planned

Pope Francis waves to journalists on board his flight to Rome (PA)

Pontiff tells press during in-flight media conference that ‘no miracle has been found yet’

Pope Francis with Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, right, and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau at the Heichal Shlomo centre (PA)

Pope honoured by Israel’s voluntary emergency services organisation

Francis holds on a press conference on the flight to Rome (AP) Below: A video of the press conference (CNS)

Pope confirms Vatican is probing claims about Cardinal Bertone’s handling of funds

The president, pope and prime minister, today at Yad Vashem (PA)

Francis urges Israel to stay on the path pf peace

Pope Francis left a note at the Wall in accordance with Jewish tradition. Below, he embraces his two friends (Photo: PA)

Pope also kissed hands of Holocaust survivors at Yad Vashem

Francis prays at the separation barrier on his way to a Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem (Photo: PA)

The Holy Father understands symbolism, and will realise the pressure he has put on Israel