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Sunday, June 8, 2014

For first time in history, Islamic prayers to be held in Vatican

  


For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.

 Pope Francis seen with President Shimon Peres at a ceremony held at the president's residence in Jerusalem, on May 26, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Abbas, Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said.

Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.

 

The Vatican will broadcast a live feed of the event to viewers across the world.

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