The visit has coincided with anti-US protests across the region over a film deemed insulting to Islam.
The Pope appealed for the crowd to "be peacemakers" and prayed for an end to violence in neighbouring Syria.
"May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence," he said at the end of his Mass.
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