JERUSALEM (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has taken his message of
peace to the most contentious site in the Israeli-Palestinian
He urged the sides to embark upon "a sincere dialogue aimed at
building a world of justice and peace."
The pope visited the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the
Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven, and the adjacent Western Wall,
the last remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
On the second day of his Holy Land visit, Benedict removed his
shoes as a sign of respect before entering the mosque. He inserted
a written blessing between the ancient crevices of the wall's
The note asked "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" to "hear
the cry of the afflicted, the fearful, the bereft; send your peace
upon this Holy Land, upon the Middle East,upon the entire human
The pope also met with the top Islamic cleric in Jerusalem,