Pope Francis and members of the Jordanian Royal Family visit the site at Jordan River where Jesus is believed to have been baptized
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Pope Francis urges Syria resolution on Middle East trip

25 May 2014 Last updated at 01:35 BST

Pope Francis has called for an "urgent" solution to the Syrian conflict at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.

The Pope's first stop was Jordan, which he praised for its "generous welcome" to Syrian refugees.

The tour's official purpose is to improve ties with the Orthodox Church but many will expect Pope Francis to use his influence to try to ease tensions in the Middle East.

The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.