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Pope's historic prayer deeply moves Jerusalem bishop

May 30, 2014 - 04:03 am .- The auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem described the recent prayer shared between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I as a moving event, predicting future blessings from the encounter.

Filipinos from Holy Land voice excitement for Pope's visit

May 30, 2014 - 01:05 am .- A small Filipino community in Israel has expressed their joy that Pope Francis will travel to their country next January, stating they hope his presence will bring peace and restore divisions.

Vatican is the 'oil' keeping Bethlehem's star lit, mayor observes

May 29, 2014 - 08:01 am .- The first woman mayor of the town where Jesus was born referred to the strong connection they have with the Vatican, explaining that the recent visit of Pope Francis is an opportunity to work for justice.

Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

May 27, 2014 - 05:33 pm .- Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families – not specifically Communion for the divorced and remarried.

Pope Francis most open Pope to Jews in history, rabbi says

May 26, 2014 - 10:32 am .- A Jewish Rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that he is the most accommodating Pope history has seen.

Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

May 26, 2014 - 09:44 am .- At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' apostles.

At Gethsemane, Pope urges religious to live without fear

May 26, 2014 - 08:15 am .- Religious, priests, and seminarians gathered in the Church near the garden of Gethsemane today to meet with Pope Francis, who urged them to follow Christ with courage.

Vatican: Pope's stop at terrorist memorial not a political move

May 26, 2014 - 07:30 am .- Amid claims that Pope Francis' unscheduled stop at an Israeli memorial for terrorist victims was made under pressure to appease government officials, the Holy See has said that the rumors are false.

Pope, Israeli president renew mutual commitment to peace

May 26, 2014 - 07:09 am .- In a meeting today with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis expressed his hope that Jerusalem would be a true 'city of peace,' with Peres echoing his commitment.

Meeting Pope a sign of the early Church, seminarian reflects

May 26, 2014 - 05:19 am .- Dcn. Bernard Poggi, who is among the priests and religious slated to meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later today, stated that seeing the successor of Peter reminds him of the first apostles.

Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

May 26, 2014 - 04:48 am .- Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim and Jewish leaders, praising the shared commitment to dialogue.

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

May 26, 2014 - 02:35 am .- On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.

Christ's resurrection unites us, Pope tells faithful in Israel

May 25, 2014 - 12:28 pm .- At an ecumenical celebration in Jerusalem during his visit to the region, Pope Francis told inter-denominational Christians that the Risen Christ unites them all in a message of hope for the world.

We came to pray with our Pope, says papal Mass volunteer

May 25, 2014 - 12:08 pm .- A leader of one of the Boy Scout troops manning the entrances to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem today explained that the volunteers came from all over in order to join the pontiff in praying for peace.

Choir director: singing for the Pope is like welcoming your father

May 25, 2014 - 11:58 am .- The director of the choir who sang during Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem earlier today expressed that to sing for the pontiff in his country is like receiving your father into your home.

Pope makes new Christian unity step in meeting with Patriarch

May 25, 2014 - 11:56 am .- In a declaration delivered at the end of a private meeting, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costantinople Bartholomew I marked a new step on the journey towards unity, stressing their commonality in areas such as respect for the sanctity of life and the protection of the family.

Pope Francis urges two-state solution in first remarks to Israel

May 25, 2014 - 08:51 am .- Late Sunday afternoon Pope Francis arrived in Tel Aviv, where he urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and other authorities to adopt a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli, Palestinian presidents accept invitation meeting at Vatican

May 25, 2014 - 06:28 am .- Today Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they have accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join him at the Vatican for an encounter of prayer.

'Who are we before the child Jesus?' Pope reflects in Bethlehem

May 25, 2014 - 04:04 am .- In his homily delivered in Bethlehem this morning, Pope Francis meditated on the role of the Christ child in the life of every person.

Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

May 25, 2014 - 02:16 am .- Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to work for an end to conflict and violence in the region.

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