Peres to Meet on Thursday With Pope Francis at the Vatican

Meeting follows former Israeli president's participation in June interfaith prayer service with Abbas, patriarch of Constantinople.

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Peres and Abbas put their heads together as Pope Francis looks on.
Peres and Abbas put their heads together as Pope Francis looks on. Credit: AFP

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."

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