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Pope Francis Visits the Holy Land

Francis practices diplomacy in Israel and Palestine.

May 27, 2014

During a two-day visit to Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis met with leaders from both sides of the Middle East conflict. He has convinced Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him together at the Vatican. This, after talks deteriorated between the two parties and Secretary of State John Kerry on a Vatican trip that was slated to be "strictly religious."

In the West Bank, Pope Francis waves to worshipers upon his arrival in Manger Square on May 25, 2014. He addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "unacceptable" and urged both sides to find courage in seeking a peaceful solution.(Fadi Arouri - Pool/Getty Images)

In Bethlehem, Pope Francis leads an open-air mass in Manger Square on May 25, 2014.(Fadi Arouri - Pool/Getty Images)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greets Pope Francis in Ramallah on May 25, 2014. (HANDOUT-Palestinian Press Office)(Thaer Ghanaim/PPO via Getty Images)

 

Israeli President Shimon Peres meets Pope Francis at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on May 26, 2014. The pope arrived in Israel a day after landing in the Middle East for his first visit to the Holy Land. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Mark Neyman - GPO /Getty Images)

In Jerusalem, Pope Francis worships at the Stone of Anointing at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, May 25, 2014. The pope spent the morning in the West Bank. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

In this image, Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Kobi Gideon - GPO /Getty Images)

 

The Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site, is visited by the Pontiff on May 26, 2014. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office, GPO)(Avi Ohayon - GPO /Getty Images)

Pope Francis visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on May 26, 2014. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Amos Ben Gershom - GPO /Getty Images)

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany Pope Francis as he visits the memorial monument commemorating victims of terrorist acts on Mount Herzl, on May 26, 2014. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Avi Ohayon - GPO /Getty Images)

 

In Tel Aviv, Pope Francis shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he prepares to depart from Ben Gurion International Airport on May 26, 2014. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Pope Francis, carrying his bags, crosses the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport on May 26, 2014. (HANDOUT-Israeli Government Press Office)(Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

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