|Pope's Mideast trip will test diplomatic skills|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis insists his weekend pilgrimage to the Middle East is a “strictly religious” commemoration of a key turning point in Catholic-Orthodox relations. But the delicate, three-day mission will test his diplomatic skills as he navigates Israeli-Palestinian tensions after the failure of the latest round of peace talks and fallout from Syria’s civil war.
For a pope who embraces spontaneity and shuns papal protocol and security, the potential pitfalls are obvious.
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