Pope to bring together Middle East leaders

Last updated 23:23 25/05/2014
pope francis
TORTURE:Pope Francis has condemned torture and said it is a 'grave sin'.

Relevant offers

Middle East

Palestinian fatally stabs Israeli girl Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz - Turkish official Sally Faulkner, Adam Whittington charged in Lebanon with 60 Minutes kidnapping Kiwi soldiers' story of loss in Afghanistan documented in new film Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area Istanbul airport attack: Airports are 'soft targets', expert says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan playing nice with Israel and Russia Five people have been killed in suicide attack in Lebanon UNICEF says 25 children reported killed in Syria Turkish police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Gay Pride activists

The offices of the Israeli and Palestinian presidents are confirming that they have accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to visit the Vatican together next month.

At the end of an open-air Mass in the biblical town of Bethlehem on Sunday, Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican to pray for peace.

The offices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres both said they would attend.

The 90-year-old Peres, who is stepping down this summer, has been a fervent supporter of Mideast peace efforts.

His decision risks upsetting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is angry about outreach efforts by other politicians at a time when Abbas is reconciling with the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content