BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) A curtain has caught fire at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site of Jesus' birthplace.

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Leo Kerner Elementary and Fisher Middle High were two of many West Bank schools honored at a special event to show appreciation to teachers and faculty. About 150 teachers filled the room at the Mel Ott Center on Belle Chase Highway in Gretna.

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West Bank teachers honored with celebration

JERUSALEM Pope Francis turned what had been billed as a religious pilgrimage to the West Bank and Israel into an effort to renew the stalled peace process Sunday, inviting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to join him in at his Vatican home in a prayer for peace. The unusual invitation was an acknowledgement of the political dimensions of the popes visit, which has been carefully orchestrated to maintain a balance between conflicting Israeli and Palestinian claims. The declared centerpiece of the trip was the popes meeting Sunday in Jerusalem with the spiritual leader of the Orthodox church, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark reconciliation between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) Juliette Bannoura hopes Pope Francis can save her family's four acres (1.6 hectares) of olive groves and other Palestinian-owned lands in the scenic Cremisan Valley south of Jerusalem from the path of Israel's separation barrier.

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Palestinians raise threat to land with Pope

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) As Pope Francis made his way Sunday to preside over a Mass in the West Bank, he made a surprise stop at the wall separating it from Israel.

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West Bank road tragedy mars young Israeli, Palestinian lives

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) Juliette Bannoura hopes Pope Francis can save her family's four acres (1.6 hectares) of olive groves and other Palestinian-owned lands in the scenic Cremisan Valley south of Jerusalem from the path of Israel's separation barrier.

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Pope Francis arrived in Bethlehem amid tight security measures at the start of a two-day visit to the West Bank and Israel that will try to walk a fine line in mollifying political interests on both sides. Franciss helicopter touched down today in Bethlehem after a short flight from the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he arrived yesterday and met with King Abdullah II

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May 25, 2014: Pope Francis waves upon his arrival at the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

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Pope Francis says Israeli-Palestinian stalemate 'unacceptable' in Bethlehem

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) Pope Francis landed Sunday in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state as he began a busy second day of his Mideast pilgrimage.

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