1. Peace Tour

    Pope Begins Mideast Trip in Jordan

    Pope Francis (C-L) is greeted by Jordans Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed (C-R), King Abdullah II's religious affairs adviser, upon his arrival at Marka International Airport in Amman on May 24, 2014. Pope Francis arrived in Jordan for the first leg of a Middle East tour aimed at bettering relations with Jews and Muslims as well as easing an ancient rift within Christianity.  AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ        (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)


    Pope Francis launched his tour of the Middle East on Saturday, praising his hosts in Jordan for welcoming refugees from the conflict in Syria and calling for a "just solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The pope was met in Amman, Jordan, by an honor guard and a platoon of Catholic and Jordanian officials. Francis met with King Abdullah II, Queen Rania, and their children, and gave a speech praising the "serene coexistence" of Christians and Muslims in Jordan. He said the international community appreciated the "generous welcome" the country had shown to Syrians over the past year. On Sunday, Pope Francis will visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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