Statement from Ambassador Hackett on the Pope’s upcoming “Prayer for Peace”

Pope Francis is flanked by Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents

“I add my prayers to those of Pope Francis and Presidents Abbas and Peres as they meet on Sunday to pray for peace in the Holy Land.  Pope Francis is creating a unique and meaningful opportunity for hope and we welcome any efforts toward the path of peace.”