Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 17, 2015. (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)
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The Vatican signed its first treaty with the state of Palestine Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution.Israel also said it could have implications on its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican.There are about 100,000 Catholics of the Roman and Greek Melkite rites in Israel and Palestine, most of them Palestinians.This was welcomed at the time by the Vatican, which has the same observer non-member status at the United Nations.Since then the Vatican has de facto recognised a "state of Palestine" and the pope referred to it by that name when he visited the Holy Land last year.
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