Pope Francis hosted Mideast prayer summit in Vatican City

Jun 10, 2014 11:22 IST

Pope Francis on 8 June 2014 hosted Mideast prayer in Vatican City with the president of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The summit was hosted to seek peace and a commitment to trying to end one of the longest-running conflicts in the world.

The prayer was held in the lush Vatican gardens in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica, the most religiously neutral place in the tiny city-state. The unusual prayer summit was a feat of diplomatic and religious protocol.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas concluded the two hour ceremony by planting an olive tree.

During the summit, Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers were recited in English, Italian, Arabic and Hebrew.
The summit was historic as it was the first public meeting between the two presidents in more than a year.

The prayers was focused on three themes common to each of the religions: thanking God for creation, seeking forgiveness for past wrongdoing and praying to God to bring peace to the region.

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