Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for an end to violence in the Holy Land, urging Israelis and Palestinians to take concrete steps to ease tensions.
"In this moment there is a need for much courage and much fortitude to say 'No' to hate and vendetta and make gestures of peace," he told tens of thousands of people after a Mass in St. Peter's Square.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Germany this week, followed by talks with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas after more than two weeks of unrest.
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