The Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, confirmed that this is a formal invitation to the two leaders to talk peace "in a religious sense" and said the intention of the pope that this meeting is to take place at the Vatican
The pope Francisco offered "home in the Vatican" for Palestinians and Israelis to hold meetings to achieve peace in the Middle East. From Bethlehem invited the presidents of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, and Israel, Shimon Peres, to join their prayers for peace and offered "home" in the Vatican for this project.
"Many building peace day with little gestures, little things, many of them suffer even without being aware of it. We in the church have an obligation to become tools for peace, especially through our prayers "he said.
In line with this argument, Francis stressed that building peace "can be difficult, but living without peace is suffering" before starting the recitation of the Regina Coeli in Manger Square in Bethlehem, where he arrived in the second stage of its first pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Minutes later, the Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, confirmed that this is a formal invitation to the two leaders to talk peace "in a religious sense" and said the intention of the pope that this meeting is to take place at the Vatican in a short time.
"Right now, I remember that there has been an initiative of this kind," he added.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said that "the Pope's visit, which represents the spirit of our time is very important. Do not think it is morning peace but his arrival will contribute to the dialogue that is respected by all religions and cultures," Peres said.
oreover, the Vatican website joined from this Saturday his Arabic language, "as a gift of the Holy Father to the faithful" of the language, reported the press office of the Holy See.
traslation: Belén Zapata