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Pope Francis welcomes former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Former Israeli President asks Pope to head United Religions organisation

Pope Francis looks on as Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas embrace at the Vatican in June (AP)

Israeli and Palestinian presidents embrace in Vatican Gardens during historic ‘invocation for peace’

Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

Pope Francis talks to journalists on his way to Rome from the Holy Land (PA)

Pope tells reporters prayers at Israeli-built separation barrier were not planned

The president, pope and prime minister, today at Yad Vashem (PA)

Francis urges Israel to stay on the path pf peace

Pope Francis greets Israeli President Shimon Peres  at the Vatican  (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff ‘would be happy to visit Holy Land,’ says Vatican

Pope Francis greets a newly ordained priest yesterday (AP)

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Pope meets Israeli president

The two men expressed hope that the renewal of talks in Washington would lead to ‘lasting peace’

Israeli President Shimon Peres meets Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo

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Shimon Peres meets the Pope

Israeli president meets Pope Benedict as Middle East peace talks start in Washington DC