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Pope to Host Peres and Abbas in Peace Prayer at Vatican

Will a Hamas representative be invited too? Or will Abbas fill that role?
By: JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

The pope made the invitation following the celebration of Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem during his visit last week to the Palestinian West Bank city. A rabbi and a Muslim imam will be present at the service, the pope reportedly said.

In his invitation, the pope said, “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer. … All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers.”

Later, he added, “Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.”

The offer comes a month after the collapse of nine months of U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Peres will leave office at the end of July.

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6 Responses to “Pope to Host Peres and Abbas in Peace Prayer at Vatican”

  1. The man believes in God as you. God is love. Hes only trying not to be one sided. But when I read of the extreme orthodox jews in Israel and then then extremists on the other side of your wall, this will never happen..

  2. The Pope will pray to Mother Mary, abbas to allah and Perez to God?

  3. Sientje Seinen says:

    And in the long run the Lord God of Israel will look into the hearts of these man and only He will know whether there is deceit and murder within the heart, as the heart is very deceitfull

  4. Donna Hambright Glatt. You fool . The pope is anti – semitic as is the catholic church . Dont forget in W W 2 the pope blessed hitler and germany and handed all the Jewish people in the Vatican city to be sent to death camps and gassed and killed . He helped in hitlers final solution .

  5. Is Donna Hambright Glatt aware that this wall she refers to has saved one thousand Jewish men, women and children from Palestinian suicide murderers? That wall is glatt kosher.

  6. Politeism again? What a crap for stupid people!

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