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Monday, June 09, 2014

The Israeli and Palestinian presidents joined in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis Sunday, a gesture the pontiff hopes will "re-create a desire, a possibility" of kick-starting the stalled Middle East peace process. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted a surprise public invitation from Francis to come to "his home" to pray together during his recent visit to the region.


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"It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide," Francis said Sunday. He thanked the presidents for accepting his invitation, and said that people of varied cultures and religions had been praying for a meeting of this nature.

The Vatican is keen to play down suggestions that Sunday's event is political, but it is nonetheless a symbolic gesture that has the power to stir public opinion and put pressure on the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to find a way out of the stalemate.


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Colbert offers up the theory that Pope Francis is secretly the BatPope.

"He's just like Bruce Wayne. He's a wealthy bachelor who lives alone in a giant mansion. And Bruce Wayne has the Batmoblie, while Francis has the Popemobile," said Colbert. "Not only that, Batman talks to Morgan Freeman, and the Pope talks to God, who is also Morgan Freeman."


#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-08 09:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Now, Lord, come to our aid. Grant us peace, teach us peace. Guide our steps in the way of peace," Francis prayed. "Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war. With war, everything is lost.'"

Francis closed his prayer inclusively: "Shalom, Peace, Salaam, Amen."


#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-06-09 08:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Shalom, Peace, Salaam"

All words for "peace"... Jerusalem, Jeru-sallam... is the City of Peace.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-09 11:49 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Defiantly a newsworthy event.

I just hope the three can accomplish what they're trying to do.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-09 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

God help the Palestinians when they return home. It will not be pretty.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-06-11 02:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

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