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Pope Francis called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "an angel of peace." The Vatican's recent recognition of Palestinian statehood has drawn fire from neighboring Israel. (Associated Press)

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Pope Francis meets Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during an audience at the Vatican Saturday, May 16, 2015. Pope Francis has praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting at the Vatican. Francis made the compliment Saturday during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. (Alberto Pizzoli/Pool Photo via AP)

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From left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas march during a rally in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool) ** FILE **

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** FILE ** Pope Francis plants an olive tree with Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, second from left, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, in a sign of peace during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Max Rossi, Pool)