Here below is Pope Francis' address at this evening's Invocation for Prayer in the Vatican Gardens in the presence of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide.
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