Vatican City, 25 May 2014 (VIS) – At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the Pope invited the president of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, and the president of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, to meet in the Vatican to pray together for peace.
“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace”, said the Pope following the Regina Coeli. “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer”.
“All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace”.