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Pope Francis Visits The Holy Land

The Pope arrived in Bethlehem Sunday, after spending the first day of his visit to the Middle East in Jordan

The Pope landed in Bethlehem Sunday after spending a day in Jordan, and was already creating headlines after only hours on the ground.

Pope Francis issued a very public invitation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican — which both accepted.

And he also made an unscheduled stop to pray at the wall dividing Bethlehem from Israel, in a symbolic gesture at peace.

Francis was due to land in Jerusalem on the next stage of his trip on Sunday.


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