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He also appealed for an end to the "carnage" in Syria.
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.
He called for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid.
Francis' trip comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches.
In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis said he hoped his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialog and reconciliation with the Islamic world.
Francis said he was horrified by the suspected chemical weapons attack, calling it an "unacceptable massacre" of innocent civilians.
The pope's call goes out to tens of thousands of Catholic parishes in Europe as the number of refugees arriving over land through the Balkans and across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece hits record levels.
Apart from Monday’s detainments, police applaud "successful 2-day intensive security operation."
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
Catholic journalists excited at opportunity to see the pontiff close up on his visit to Holy Land.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Peres and the Pope will pray together for peace in the presence of 600 children representing the religious and ethnic mosaic of Israel’s population.
What an opportunity for Donald Trump to achieve a momentous and diplomatic victory and legacy!
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Pope Francis - like Pope Benedict - has joined the evil-doers to the chagrin of the Jewish people.
By DAVID SINGER
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