The president of Israel, Shimon Peres, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met in the Vatican home of Pope Francis for a 90 minute prayer of peace. Relations between Israel and Palestine had deteriorated recently as the political party Fatah joined to form a coalition government with Hamas, a known terrorist organization. The meeting for a prayer of peace is a positive first step in restoring the Middle East peace process.

While some in the U.S. accuse him as being Marxist, Pope Francis appealed to the United Nations on Friday for world governments to adopt a spirit of generosity to help attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment, and ensure dignified labor for all. He calls for challenging all forms of injustice, resisting the economy of exclusion and rejecting the passive acceptance of the ‘throwaway’ culture.