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Pope Francis calls for two-state solution

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Urbi Et Orbi blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Photo: Giulio Origlia / Getty Images

Pope Francis called for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Monday in the face of heightened tensions, according to a Reuters report.

"Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders."

Why it matters: The UN Security Council voted to force President Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but the U.S. vetoed the resolution. Francis, in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) address, encouraged people to "recognize [Jesus] in the faces of little children" in the middle of the conflict.

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