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Pope to refugee children near Bethlehem: "I am with you"

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 01:24

May 25 - Pope Francis meets children from the refugee camps in Bethlehem, where he told them peace can be achieved through hard work and dignity. Gavino Garay reports.

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Pope Francis at a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem is calling for peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "I am so happy to be with you. I can see that you have many things inside your hearts, so I say I am with you...I would like to tell you something important-- violence only begets violence. Violence can only be defeated through peace. And peace is achieved through hard work, and dignity on the path forward." There are nearly 750,000 registered refugees in the West Bank. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CHILD FROM REFUGEE CAMP, MOHAMMED HASSANAT, SAYING (AUDIO PARTLY OVERLAID BY POPE FRANCIS LISTENING): "We the Palestinian children have not yet lost hope. Your visit to the refugee camp is a good step, which gives us faith and trust in having our right to live with peace in the Holy Land." Francis delighted his hosts, giving support for their bid for full statehood recognition in the face of a paralyzed peace process. Some children here say they've never seen the sea. Palestinians living in the landlocked West Bank cannot access the Mediterranean coast without an Israeli permit.

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Pope to refugee children near Bethlehem: "I am with you"

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 01:24