Peres and Abbas to pray with Francis

  • It has been confirmed that Pope Francis will be accompanied by the Palestinian and Israeli presidents to the Vatican next month. Reports suggest that the pontiff invited the leaders to pray and the offices of both of them said yes to the idea. 

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is stepping down this summer and has always supported Mid-east peace efforts. 

    "For decades the Middle East has known the tragic consequences of a protracted conflict which has inflicted many wounds so difficult to heal," the pope said, adding that the situation in the region is unacceptable. 

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