Pope Francis welcomes Peres, Abbas

Pope Francis welcomes Peres, Abbas

epa04245532 Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (R-L), Pope Francis, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President Shimon Peres plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace at the end of the three distinct moment of prayer, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, together for Peace in the Vatican gardens, Vatican City, 08 June 2014. Pope Francis was due to host an unprecedented session of prayers at the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to try to invoke peace in the Middle East. Francis invited Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas last month while he was visiting the Holy Land. During the trip, he called the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations ‘increasingly unacceptable.’ EPA/MAX ROSSI / POOL

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