Pope tells Abbas of hope for Mideast solution after UN vote
Pope Benedict told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday the Vatican hoped the recent de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood at the UN would spur the international community to find a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Abbas, who is on a tour of Europe to thank countries that supported the November 29 resolution by the UN General Assembly recognising Palestine, held private talks with the pope in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. (Reuters)