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Pope Francis talks to Palestinian president about Jerusalem's status

Like the other three times they met, the meeting between Pope Francis and Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, took place in a very cordial atmosphere.

They confronted sensitive issues of an international nature. They talked about the process of reconciliation of the Palestinian people, of peace with Israel and, above all, of Jerusalem's status.

The Vatican communiqué recalled that the Holy See has always defended the preservation of Jerusalem's identity as the Holy City for Jews, Christians and Muslims. 

This situation changed just a year ago when the U.S. announced that it would transfer its embassy to Israel.

Pope Francis gave Abbas this medallion of St. Peter and delivered his message for the World Day of Peace before a heartfelt farewell.