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Trump said that the women are a "testament to strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity and challenge."
"I repeat that the use of violence never leads to peace. War begets war and violence begets violence."
The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: "I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days."
In response to New Year’s speech, Ambassador David reaffirms Jewish state’s position.
By BENJAMIN GLATT
"We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians," the pope said in his address.
The pope's words will be closely watched following his decision not to use the word "Rohingya" in public during his four-day Myanmar trip to avoid a diplomatic incident
"May he protect children who suffer from conflicts in which they have no part, but which rob them of their childhood and at times of life itself."
"If we look on our neighbors without mercy we risk that even God will look on us without mercy."
While his talks in Saudi Arabia and Israel were mostly friendly, the meeting between the pontiff and US president had the potential to be a little more confrontational.
"The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly," said the pontiff.
Security is a primary concern less than three weeks after 45 people were killed in ISIS-perpetrated attacks on Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday.
Francis praised countries helping refugees and thanked them for 'bearing this extra burden, because it seems that international accords are more important than human rights.'
"There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal."
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