Pope lauds Peres, Abbas for 'courage to move forward'

Pope Francis late Monday lauded President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas for having "the courage to move forward" after accepting the pontiff's invitation for a joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, AFP reported.
“The meeting in the Vatican is to pray together, it’s not a mediation,” the pope said on his return flight from a three-day Middle East tour.
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