Pope Francis peace plea at Israel-Palestinian prayer meeting

Pope Francis has urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to show courage to seek peace in the Middle East. The Pope was speaking after hosting joint prayers at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas. Mr Peres said making peace was a “holy mission”. Mr Abbas spoke of a “comprehensive and just peace”.The Pope has stressed that the Vatican is not seeking to get involved in peace negotiations between the two sides.The talks collapsed in acrimony in April.Pope Francis had invited the pair on his recent trip to the Holy Land…

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