Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to President-elect Shimon Peres in which he stated that terrorists betray humanity and the fundamentals of the spirit and ethics - all of which are vital for achieving peace, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
In the letter - which comes a day before Peres is to be sworn in as Israel's president - the pope said millions of people around the world, especially Israel's citizens, continue to encourage governments in the region to do all that is possible to achieve peace and stability.
The pope expressed hope that Peres would succeed in influencing other regional leaders to advance peace.
According to Israel Radio, Peres has received hundreds of telegrams over the past week congratulating him on his newly acquired position, including messages from Jordanian King Abdullah II, US President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Morocco's king, who sent a special envoy to Israel for this purpose.
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