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Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

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

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

Israeli border police walk by Christians on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem this year                     (CNS)

With the Pope visiting the Holy Land next week, Tim Stanley reports on the fascinating, troubled place