Transcript for Pope in the Holy Land: Plea for Peace
There is an image of the pope going global tonight and it's this one. His hand on a graffiti-covered wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories. ABC's chief foreign correspondent terry Moran is traveling with the pope and joins us now from jer ruleless. Terry? Reporter: Good evening, David. Pope Francis has arrived here after an extraordinary day. A day he trance formed this trip from a religious pilgrimage to a high stakes and controversial quest for peace. It wasn't on his schedule, but pope Francis is a freelancer, a risk taker. And so, in Bethlehem, he stopped his pope mobile to get out and pray at that grim barrier separating Israel Littles from Palestinians, pressing his forehead against the con treat. Less than an hour earlier, three short words and another historic first. Francis declaring he was in the state of palestine, a term Israel and the U.S. Reject. In manger square, a rapturous welcome. And here, where Christians believe Jesus, the prince of peace, was born, yet another extraordinary gesture. The pope inviting the presidents of Israel and of the Palestinians to join him in a prayer for peace at his home in the Vatican. And amazingly both have accepted. The pope's words and deeds have already stirred a backlash here Israelis see that wall as a lifesaver, ending a plague of suicide bombers. For the people on this side of the wall, Francis has a lot of work to do. David? Terry Moran in Jerusalem. Terry, thank you.
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