Pope Francis Calls Israeli and Palestinian Leaders in Plea for Gaza Peace

Pontiff Phones Shimon Peres and Mahmou Abbas

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By Reuters

Published July 18, 2014.

Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his “very grave concerns” over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said.

The pontiff, who hosted a prayer meeting with the two leaders in the Vatican last month, called on all sides to work for an end to hostilities and for peace and reconciliation.



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