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Abbas Meets Pope, Invites Him to Visit Holy Land

posted on October 18, 2013

Philip Pullella of Reuters reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land on Thursday while they met in the Vatican to discuss the conflict in Syria and peace prospects between Israel and Palestine. After their private meeting, Francis gave Abbas a pen, telling him “surely, you have a lot of things you have to sign.” To which, Abbas responded, “I hope to sign a peace treaty with Israel with this pen.”

Read at Reuters