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Peres, Abbas peace prayer

8 Jun, 2014

Pope Francis meets with Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican, to pray for and discuss the possibility of establishing peace between the two regions. This is the first gathering of representatives from two countries in conflict that has ever taken place at the Vatican. The gathering is a result of an invitation Francis extended to the two leaders during his recent trip to the Middle East. Francis:

To have peace, one needs courage, far more than you need for a war.