Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Pope Francis to visit the Middle East and, specifically, the West Bank.
Since his election in March, Francis has often spoken of the common ground shared by different religions and has asked all to pray for peace in the Holy Land.
Israel and Palestine have once again been deadlocked in peace talks and this month’s progress seems dire as both sides have dug in. Israel has announced the construction of another 1,500 Jewish homes in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem and the building of a security wall along the Jordan border while claiming that Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Hardly the spirit of good negotiations.
For these peace talks to succeed, perhaps we will need the prayers of all Jews, Christians and Muslims. After all, those practicing these three religions all pray to the same God—the God of Abraham. Let’s hope God listens.