Pope Francis (R) inspects an honor guard upon his arrival in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 25 May 2014. Pope Francis arrived in the West Bank to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel.
Pope Francis (R) inspects an honor guard upon his arrival in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 25 May 2014. Pope Francis arrived in the West Bank to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel. EPA - Alaa Badarneh

Pope Francis makes first trip to Bethlehem as Pontiff

POPE Francis is on his first official visit to the Holy Land since taking the Catholic Church's highest role.

The Pontiff left the Vatican over the weekend for his first scheduled visit to Bethlehem and other major religious landmarks.

His trip also aims to help mend the long-standing tensions between Israel and Palestine as well as find a solution to the Syrian civil war.



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