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Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate Mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mheisen Amareen

Pope Francis prays at Bethlehem wall, calls for Middle East peace

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Pope Francis made a surprise stop at the hulking wall Palestinians see as a symbol of Israeli oppression on Sunday, minutes after begging both sides to end a conflict that he said was no longer acceptable.

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