Pope Visits Holocaust Memorial, Western Wall

May 26, 2014 12:46 PM

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JERUSALEM—Pope Francis is bringing to a close an extraordinary trip that was billed before his departure as a spiritual visit to the Middle East but has swiftly been overtaken by politics, ending the visit Monday with a series of gestures for his Israeli hosts a day after launching a surprise peace initiative.

The pope’s three-day visit, which he described as a “pilgrimage of prayer” before his departure, saw the pontiff wade into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his surprise offer on Sunday to host leaders of both sides at the Vatican to pray together for peace. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pa...

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