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Backdropped by a girls choir, Pope Benedict XVI and Israel's president Shimon Peres greet each other, during the official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem, Israel, on Monday, May 11, 2009. Peres welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to Israel in Latin, Hebrew, and English and said he was certain the visit marked “a continuation of dialogue” between Christians and Jews. Photographer: Ahikam Seri/Bloomberg News