Pope Francis accepts President Peres' invitation to Israel

April 30, 2013 16:48

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis accepted an invitation made by President Shimon Peres on Tuesday to visit Israel. The two held their first meeting together in Rome.

The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no indication when a trip would be made."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.

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