Pope Francis hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace prayer

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Pentecost Mass on June 8, 2014 in Saint Peter's Basilica in the VaticanPope Francis on Sunday hosts an unprecedented joint peace prayer in the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in a symbolic gesture aimed at fostering dialogue. Abbas said he hoped the event in the Vatican Gardens at 1700 GMT, which will include Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayers and the planting of an olive tree by all three leaders, would “help Israel decide”.

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