Pope Francis visits Bethlehem, calls for Mideast settlement

May 25, 2014 11:57 AM

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Pope Francis arrived Sunday in the place where Christianity began and said that the time had come to put an end to the “increasingly unacceptable” conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land.

“For the good of all, there is a need to intensify efforts and initiatives aimed at creating the conditions for a stable peace,” the pope said after meeting here with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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