The convoy of US President Barack Obama arrives on March 27, 2014 in front of St Peter's basilica before a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI
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Pope Francis will pray side-by-side with Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew in Jerusalem in a powerful sign of Christian unity during his May visit to Holy Land, the Vatican said on Thursday.Twal warned the visit could be jeopardised if a strike by staff at Israel's foreign ministry is not resolved in time.However, Father David Neuhaus, who represents Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel, said the government had pledged the visit would not be affected.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's spokesman confirmed his remarks. But a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry's labour union insisted that if the strike was not resolved, they would not facilitate the visit.
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