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Pope Francis is greeted by Christian and Muslim leaders upon his arrival at Queen Alia International airport in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Also pictured is Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, at right. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

Pope launches Middle East trip with appeal for peace in Syria

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AMMAN, Jordan - Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria's three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighboring Jordan on Saturday, starting a Middle East trip aimed at bringing hope to the region's dwindling Christian population.

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