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Israel-Palestinian stalemate `unacceptable`: Pope

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 20:17

Pope Francis landed on Sunday in the cradle of Christianity in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state, calling the stalemate in peace talks "unacceptable" and stopping briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding this biblical West Bank town.

Israeli, Palestinian leaders accept Vatican invite

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 18:07

The offices of the Israeli and Palestinian presidents are confirming that they have accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to visit the Vatican together next month.

Pope Francis in Bethlehem urges an end to Middle East conflict

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 15:29

Pope Francis made a plea for peace on Sunday at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.

Pope lands in Bethlehem, nod to Palestinian state

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 13:51

Pope Francis landed today in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he began a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage.

Israel police arrest 26 Jewish extremists at pope visit site

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 13:25

Jerusalem police arrested 26 Jewish extremists protesting today at a holy site on Mount Zion outside the Old City that will be visited by Pope Francis, a spokesman said.

Pope in Syria peace appeal at start of Mideast tour

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 02:44

Pope Francis made what he called a "heartfelt appeal" Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan for Mideast trip

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 18:34

Pope Francis arrived today in Jordan, kicking off a three-day trip to the Middle East that will see him get a firsthand look at the plight of Syrian refugees and witness the toll the civil war next door is taking on Jordan.

Pope begins Middle East pilgrimage in Jordan

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 15:09

Pope Francis headed for Jordan today at the start of a Middle East tour aimed at boosting ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity.

Pope to start delicate Middle East trip in Jordan

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 04:32

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan on Saturday to start an intense three-day trip to the Middle East, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.

Radicals barred from Jerusalem ahead of pope visit

Last Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014, 22:49

Police have barred several Israeli extremists from Jerusalem ahead of Pope Francis`s visit to the Holy Land.

Vatican defends Palestinian sovereignty ahead of papal visit

Last Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014, 01:04

The Vatican`s Secretary of State on Thursday defended the Palestinians` right to a "sovereign and independent" homeland and said he hoped Pope Francis`s upcoming visit would lead to "courageous decisions" for peace.

Jordan gears up for papal visit

Last Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 20:43

Jordan is gearing up to welcome Pope Francis who is scheduled to visit the Arab nation May 24, his first visit since he was elected to the post.