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Pope urges peace for Jerusalem in Christmas Day message

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:31 PM
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for ' to the city and to the world') Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Monday. - AP Photo

Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day message to call for peace for Jerusalem and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

Acknowledging growing tensions between them, he urged a negotiated solution that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states.

US President Donald Trump recently announced that America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The controversial move drew international condemnation.