State of Palestine
The newest embassy to the Holy See: Pope Francis welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome on Jan. 14.
Fighting in Jerusalem began again following the late-September visit of Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel to one of the smallest contested spots on earth.
Pope Francis is interested in doing whatever he can — as creatively as he can — to end old conflicts and foster peace in the world.
Making a Difference: Palestinians face many discriminatory challenges in Israel. To help correct these, an American priest has created the Holy Land Principles.