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Pope Francis has set himself on a new collision course with Donald Trump over the President’s plans to move the US Israeli embassy.

The pontiff has called for the “status quo” to be respected, after Mr Trump indicated the embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.

“I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days,” the Pope said in his weekly address.

“At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”

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