Pope Dives Into Mideast Peace Making

VATICAN CITY (Hamodia/AP) -

Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and Pope Francis held an interfaith prayer ceremony in the Vatican gardens.

The very notion of interreligious prayer is a violation of Torah principles.

Vatican officials have described the prayer evening as something of a “time-out” in political negotiations. No concrete results are expected: Peres has no formal role in peace negotiations, holds a largely ceremonial post and leaves office at the end of the month.