` Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas Will Meet at Vatican in June ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 29 – Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on June 8 to unite in prayers for peace, the Vatican stated on Thursday.

Pope Francis invited the pair as he took part in a three-day tour of the Middle East, visiting the Holy Land last week.

The surprise invite was issued after a mass in Bethlehem.

Pope Francis said he hopes it will aid in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to peace talk resumption.

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#AceWorldNews May 02 JERUSALEM A visit to Israeli…

#AceWorldNews – May 02 – JERUSALEM – A visit to Israeli-occupied Jerusalem by the patriarch of the Lebanon-based Maronite church to greet Pope Francis would be a “historic sin,” a leading secular newspaper said Saturday.

Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, whose church is the largest Christian denomination in Lebanon, told AFP on Friday he would travel to the Holy Land to welcome the pontiff during his brief May 24-26 visit.

In doing so, he would be the first patriarch to do so since the 1948 Nakba.

In response, the leading Arab nationalist daily As-Safir ran a critical piece headlined “Historic sin: Rai goes to Israel.”

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