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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Peres invites Pope Francis to Israel

Pope Francis (R) talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a private meeting at the Vatican April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool 
Reuters/Reuters - Pope Francis (R) talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a private meeting at the Vatican April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

"I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of Israel," Peres told the pope in the presence of reporters after 30 minutes of private talks in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, made an appeal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians in his Easter address last month.

Both of Francis' two immediate predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, visited the Holy Land, including Palestinian territories, in 2000 and 2009 respectively.

Peres asked Francis "to pray for all of us" and told the pope that he would pray for him during a trip on Wednesday to the central Italian city of Assisi, where he will visit the tomb of St. Francis, whose name Bergoglio adopted when elected pope.

Francis will travel to Rio de Janeiro in July to preside at the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Youth, a gathering of young people from around the world. He is expected to visit his native Argentina in early 2014.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/peres-invites-pope-francis-israel-122635401.html;_ylt=AhzuCj7nN3mfESY2nh2MiJ7Nt.d_;_ylu=X3oDMTVxZWpicTNzBGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDQXJ0aWNsZSBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IE5ld3MgZm9yIFlvdSB3aXRoIE1vcmUgTGluawRwa2cDOWI0NDg0ZDUtNjI1Ni0zODVlLTkxZDktMzFjZmNiMzI3NzEwBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNuZXdzX2Zvcl95b3UEdmVyAzc3MjgyNGIwLWIxOTEtMTFlMi1hZGY2LTBhODEzNzRkNWIwMQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTMxdmE1cGxrBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDNjZmN2NmODYtMTIxYi0zZWQ5LWIwNGEtZjQyMTA5MDY5YWNjBHBzdGNhdANwb2xpdGljc3x3b3JsZARwdANzdG9yeXBhZ2U-;_ylv=3 

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