Former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, media reports say.
In May, the pope visited Israel and the West Bank. During that trip, the pope called on Israelis and Palestinians to leave "no stone unturned" in the quest for peace in the Middle East.
Two weeks later, in early June at the Vatican, the pope, Peres, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, joined in a prayer service.
At that meeting, the pope called on Peres and Abbas to respond to their people's yearning for peace and to find "the strength to persevere undaunted in dialogue."