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Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem

Palestinians burned a U.S. flag while protesting amid clashes with Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah Dec. 7. The protest followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

VATICAN CITY — Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail.

The Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders," the Vatican wrote in a statement Dec. 10.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem

Pope Francis waved as he led the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to "moderation and dialogue" as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both faiths.

After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the midday prayer to join him in asking the Lord to inspire reconciliation and peace in the region.

Mercy in the Holy Land

Touching down at Ben Gurion airport, anyone occupying an aisle seat wanting to catch a glimpse of the surroundings will likely wind up looking through the peo't — un-cut ringlets some Orthodox Jewish men wear on their temples in accordance with a Biblical restriction against cutting the hair there. The men softly recite ancient prayers, which mingle with the sound of seatbelts being unfastened and mobile phones being powered on a by passengers eager to disembark. There's a sense that this is a special place, a place where God is present.

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Praying, hoping for peace in Jerusalem

Israeli border police made a Palestinian face the wall for a body security check on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City Oct. 18, near a site where several recent stabbings have taken place.

JERUSALEM • Following a week that included Palestinians stabbing Israelis, bloody clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, and despair rising on both sides, the parishioners of St. Saviour Church in the Old City of Jerusalem came to Mass Oct. 19 to pray, mainly for peace.

"We are very tired," said Margaret Injak, 63, who lives near the third station of the cross along the Via Dolorosa. "We are very afraid of the police, we are afraid of the Israelis, we are afraid of the Muslims. I am for peace; I want peace for all the world, just peace."

Pilgrims who walk Via Dolorosa don't care if it isn't Jesus' exact route

Christians from China carried a cross March 9 on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM -- Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem's Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem's Old City.

Jerusalem church leader says pope will visit in May

Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem carried a figurine of the Christ Child as he celebrated Christmas Mass at St. Catherine Church in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25.

VATICAN CITY -- Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem told reporters he expected to host Pope Francis on a visit to the Holy Land in May.

Listing "upcoming events for next year," Patriarch Twal began with "the pope's visit to the Holy Land planned for next May, first in Jordan, then in Israel-Palestine."

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