Pope Francis receives Israeli President Shimon Peres

On Tuesday Pope Francis received in audience the President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres. During the cordial talks, the political and social situation in the Middle East—where more than a few conflicts persist—was addressed. A speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is hoped for, so that, an agreement may be reached that respects the legitimate aspirations of the two Peoples. Particular concern was expressed for the conflict that plagues Syria, for which a
political solution is hoped. A number of issues concerning relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See and between state authorities and the local Catholic communities were also addressed. In conclusion …

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