Shimon Peres

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had announced the Pope was expected to attend Friday’s funeral in Israel

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The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

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The two men expressed hope that the renewal of talks in Washington would lead to ‘lasting peace’