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Pope wraps up delicate Mideast pilgrimage

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Posted: May 26, 2014 4:35 PM
Source: Associated Press

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JERUSALEM - Pope Francis has wrapped up his Holy Land trip with a Mass at what's believed to be the site of the Last Supper before Jesus's crucifixion.

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews had protested the Mass, because the Cenacle, or Upper Room, is above the traditional site of the biblical King David's tomb.

Earlier Monday, the pope visited Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall, and Islam's Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

At Israel's Holocaust museum, Francis kissed the hands of several survivors and prayed that such an evil would never be repeated. Joseph Gottdenker, born in Poland in 1942, said he told the pope how he was saved as a boy by Catholics who hid him during the Holocaust.

A high point of the three-day pilgrimage was Francis's invitation to the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to join him at the Vatican next month to pray for peace. Both have accepted the pope's invitation.

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