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Parting Shot: Pope holds Mideast prayer summit

Pope Francis with Israel’s President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peacemaking Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joked and embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel where Francis lives and later in the Vatican gardens, where they joined Francis in presiding over a sunset invocation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers. More here.


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