Mount Bental, Israel

Mount Bental, Israel

As you may have read, during his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him at the Vatican to pray for peace. Both presidents accepted, and the meeting is set for this Sunday, June 8 – Pentecost in the Gregorian calendar.

Earlier today, I wrote a blog for National Catholic Register about this important event. I’ve heard too many folks refer to it as “just” a prayer meeting, and I beg to differ. Peace in the Middle East means peace in the Holy Land, and that means peace in the areas of this world Jesus walked, taught, ministered, and offered his life for us. Before I even had a chance to post the link on this blog, I caught sight of breaking news – Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, also will attend the Vatican prayer meeting!

Below is the link to the updated blog post. I hope you’ll read it, digest it, and then join the rest of us throughout the world in praying for peace in the Middle East this Sunday.

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