PRAY FOR PIECE – For the first time in history, Muslim prayers resonated throughout the Vatican. In the past, conquest would have been necessary first – Jerusalem, Constantinople, Toledo – but today it’s ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. We can call it progress.
The readings and prayer came as Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City, a gathering designed to pray for Middle Eastern peace.
A Holy See spokesman said the prayers were supposed to be a “pause in politics,” Breitbart reported. The pope said, too, that he hoped the interfaith prayers would foster peace specifically between Israelis and Palestinians, the news outlet said.
All very commendable, but a word of caution: peace means different things to different people, including in the Middle East. For the Israelis it means “leave us the hell alone”, for the vast majority of the Palestinians and other Arabs it means the end of Israel.