Pope Francis and former Israeli president Shimon Peres met Thursday at the Vatican to discuss the situation in the Middle East as well as the return of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Peres briefed the pope on the events taking place in the region as well as condoned Hamas's human rights abuses. "Hamas's actions and the use of children as human shields, hospitals and mosques as rocket launching points are in contradiction with every religious views," Peres said at the beginning of the meeting.

"Due to the rise in terror, it is imperative to come together and work against terror, which is a shared enemy of every religion," said Peres. 

The pope said he trusts Peres to advance interfaith co-operation and emphasized that terrorism prevents freedom of religion and hurts people of all beliefs.

The two leaders discussed the alarming rise in anti-Semitism throughout Europe, with the Pope saying he will continue to oppose attacks against the Jewish community.

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