Pope Francis leads an open air mass in front of a painting depicting baby Jesus at the Nativity scene covered with a Palestinian Kefiyeh, on May 25, 2014 at Manger Square in the West Bank Biblical town of Bethlehem. Pope Francis is expected to begin in Bethlehem the most sensitive part of his three-day Middle East tour aimed at forging regional peace and easing an age-old rift within Christianity. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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Pope Francis (C) meets Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a peace invocation prayer at the Vatican Gardens on June 8, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the encounter on May 25 during his visit to the Holy Land.
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In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Ofiice (PPO) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greets Pope Francis on May 25, 2014, Ramallah, West Bank. Pope Francis addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as 'unacceptable' and urged both sides to find courage in seeking a peaceful solution.
A banner bearing portraits of Pope Francis (L) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas hangs near a mosque, on May 19, 2014, in the biblical West Bank city of Bethlehem. Pope Francis is scheduled to begin his visit to the region in Jordan on May 24, and he is then due to spend two days in the Holy Land from May 25. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Palestinian workers hold a banner bearing portraits of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas (L) and Pope Francis in front of the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank Town of Bethlehem, on May 14, 2014. The pope's visit is scheduled to begin in Jordan on May 24, and he is then due to spend two days in the Holy Land from May 25. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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Pope Francis (L) meets with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a private audience on October 17, 2013 at the Vatican. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, during an audience in the Vatican, journalists present said. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI
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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) is greeted by Pope Benedict XVI during a private audience on December 17, 2012 at the pontif's library at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CLAUDIO PERI