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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Friday and Saturday at the LSPU Hall showcased seven productions in the provinces 38th School Theatre Arts Festival, commencing with Don Zolidiss Oz, mounted by Gros Morne Academy. It starts, unexpectedly, with six mourners around a coffin. But then fairy-tale mode kicks in as willowy Beth (Shelby Genge) is transported to the land of Oz, where she encounters Cowardly Lion (Dylen Tucker), Wicked Witch of the West (Michelle Laing), Tin Man (Niall Hingston), Scarecrow (Jeff Anderson), Munchkin Mayor (Aaron Hingston), and, finally, the Wizard himself (Cole Bugden), who magics her back to Oklahoma, together with her lost sister, returned to life

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Pope Francis has invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for prayers and talks early next month The Pontiff prayed at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock – two of the holiest sites in Judaism and Islam He also visited a Holocaust memorial where he met several survivors of the Nazi regime and kissed their hands By Darren Boyle Published: 03:37 EST, 26 May 2014 | Updated: 12:55 EST, 26 May 2014 1,707 shares 214 View comments Pope Francis today continued his diplomatic initiative to revitalise the stalled Middle East peace process with a hugely symbolic gesture beside Judaism’s holiest site. Standing in front of the Western Wall, the Pontiff hugged his two friends, Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and leader of the South American country’s Muslim Community, Omar Abboud.

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Last Updated May 26, 2014 6:45 AM EDT JERUSALEM — Pope Francis prayed on Monday at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, and deviated from his busy itinerary to visit a memorial to Israeli victims of terrorism as he spent his third and final day in the Middle East honoring Jews. Francis bowed his head in prayer and touched the wall, the only remains of the biblical Second Temple. He left a note with the text of the “Our Father” prayer written in his native Spanish in one of the cracks between the stones.

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May 26, 2014 Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City today. Reuters pic, May 26, 2014.Pope Francis today called for Christians, Jews and Muslims to “work together” for justice and peace on a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam

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26th May, 2014 JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday blamed rising anti-Semitism for a Brussels shooting attack which killed three, including two Israelis, lashing out at Europe for hypocrisy in its attitude to the Jewish state. As officials confirmed two Israelis and a French national had been killed in Saturdays deadly attack on the Jewish museum in the Belgian capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to hail Pope Francis for his determined stance against anti-Semitism.

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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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