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Pope to visit the Holy Land in May

Pope Francis’ trip from May 24 to 26 will underscore his close ties to the Jewish community and his outreach to Muslims.
Pope Francis’ trip from May 24 to 26 will underscore his close ties to the Jewish community and his outreach to Muslims.Riccardo De Luca/AP

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit in May also underscores Francis’ close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslims, and the Vatican’s longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The announcement was made Sunday just as Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a new US bid for peace.

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