Pope Hosts Israeli, Palestinian Presidents for Prayer Meeting

June 9, 2014 6:27 AM

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Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas joined Pope Francis Sunday at the Vatican in an unprecedented prayer convocation for peace in the Middle East.

The Argentine pontiff invited the two leaders last month, weeks after the latest round of Mideast peace talks collapsed. He said he hoped Sunday's meeting would bring a "new journey" toward peace.

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