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Pope Francis said he was willing to consider ordaining upstanding, married priests in isolated communities.
"I invite everyone to use the instruments of diplomacy to resolve the complex problems of the conflicts in the Middle East," he said.
Researchers may have to investigate the archives for several years before coming to any conclusions.
By EFRAIM ZUROFF
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By THE MEDIA LINE
The Pope said this would include efforts to "to try to bring one (side) closer to the other, to start a process of dialog."
Pope Francis has visited half a dozen predominantly Muslim nations calling for inter-religious dialog and condemning violence in the name of God.
By PHILIP PULLELLA AND SYLVIA WESTALL / REUTERS
The two embraced and kissed on the cheek as the pontiff welcomed Abbas to a library in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace for a private, 20-minute meeting.
"We are called to commit ourselves to ensure antisemitism is banned from the human community," Francis said during a meeting with rabbis from the World Congress of Mountain Jews.
The president will meet Pope Francis in November.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
The pope is expected to be in Asia during a trip to Japan next year.
Pope Francis and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder attended the ceremony.
By HAGAY HACOHEN
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