Pope to Middle East Christians: Birth of Jesus is Ultimate Consolation+

You are a small flock, but one with a great responsibility in the land where Christianity was born.

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Bishops see suffering but believe prayer is powerful, peace is possible+

"I had a deep sense of the presence of Mary on this pilgrimage."

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Church continues the work of Christ in the Holy Land+

"Surrounded by so many observant Jews praying alone or in groups, I felt part of an enormous and blessed tradition."

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Pilgrimage offers insight into the realities of life in the Holy Land+

"I will pray for all of you as I ask you to join us bishops in prayer for peace in the Middle East."

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