Pope Francis kicks off Mideast peace summit of prayer

June 8, 2014 12:14 PM

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Pope Francis kicks off Mideast peace summit of prayer

VATICAN CITY – Vatican officials insist no political agenda is lurking behind Pope Francis' invitation to the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens, and no concrete initiatives are expected.

But Sunday's unusual summit -- with Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers intoned in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica -- could take on great significance on the ground. And it will certainly enhance Francis' reputation as a leader unhindered by diplomatic and theological protocol who is willing to ...

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