May 13, 2014

Holy Land Christians hope Pope Francis’ visit might revive peace talks

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Two nuns cross the street in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Pope Francis will make his first visit on Sunday, May 25. Photo courtesy of Evan Simko-Bednarski

Two nuns cross the street in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Pope Francis will make his first visit on Sunday, May 25. Photo courtesy of Evan Simko-Bednarski

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Pope Francis travels to Jerusalem later this month to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I, head of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But many hope his off-script message might revive moribund peace talks.