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Pope Francis' visit to Palestinian refugee camp raises hopes

Continuing his Middle East visit, Pope Francis flew from Jordan to Bethlehem in the West Bank to visit with Palestinian refugees
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On Sunday morning, Pope Francis flew from Jordan to Bethlehem in the West Bank where he continues a full day of events during his tour of the Mideast, including a visit with refugees.

Palestinians could hardly contain their emotion as they celebrated mass with Pope Francis.

The pontiff spoke at Bethlehem's Manger Square close to where Christians believe Jesus was born.

A mile away, Pope Francis met with Palestinian children when he visited the Dheisheh refugee camp.

Khaled Laham, 13, was selected to help welcome the leader of the Catholic Church. Laham described the pope as a "special guest" because "he is famous and all the people in the world know him."

This camp in the West Bank is the only home Khaled has known.

He was born here, like his father, after their family was forced from their home when Israel was founded decades ago.

They still have the house key in hopes one day they can return.

About eight percent of Palestinians in the West Bank live in refugee camps. Many hope the pope's visit will highlight their struggle.

"I trust in him," said Khaled Laham's mother, Khoulud, adding she wants Pope Francis to see how her family lives and why they feel trapped.

Khoulud Laham said: "There's nowhere to play, my child play in the street, between the cars."

Only a few hundred of the 14,000 people who live in the camp will get to see Pope Francis, but they'll all be watching his visit closely for signs of hope.

Pope Francis will end his day in Jerusalem. This is the first time a Pope has flown directly to the West Bank instead of Israel, a sign of the Vatican's support for a Palestinian state.

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