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Myra Adams


June 6, 2014 - 3:25 pm

When Pope Francis visited the Middle East for three days last month he extended a rather unusual invitation to host a weekend prayer summit for Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his Vatican apartment.

These two leaders, usually at odds with each other, stunned the Pope by accepting his offer. Now, on Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis will take on a new role as Mideast Peacemaker.

One of the first American reporters to talk with the Pontiff this past week at the Vatican was Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV journalist and WABC Radio host.  Cosby told PJ Media, “It is clear Pope Francis cares deeply about peace in the Mideast and would like to do anything he can to assist this very difficult process.”

When asked about the Pope’s message Cosby said, “The Pope’s words were ‘pray, pray, pray’ about the Mideast Peace process.”

So that is exactly what he will be doing on Sunday but with two rather unusual prayer partners, the Israeli and Palestinian presidents.

After having the opportunity to speak with Pope Francis on the verge of this historic prayer summit, Cosby said, “He was extremely engaging and approachable.  Although she has interviewed more than 20 world leaders, including five US Presidents, Cosby called the opportunity to speak to Pope Francis “One of the greatest moments of my life.”

As the Pope requested, let us all pray that Sunday’s prayer summit will be one of the greatest moments of Middle East peace. Perhaps Pope Francis will embody the words of Jesus in the New Testament Book of Matthew Chapter 5 verse 9:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”


Rita Cosby with Pope Francis, Courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano

Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, National Review, The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, RedState, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding. . Myra's web site contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams

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"Cosby" is the name of the Midianite princess who is recorded in Numbers 25:7-18 as having been slain by Pinchas for enticing the Israelites to immorality.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Meh, it's Peres. Who ever takes him seriously anymore, as in the last 20 years?

The whole deal is a joke, and the pope has to know it. Inviting two communists to pray together in a place in which both scumbags' nominal religions prohibit them to pray. Empty gestures, but the "press" loves them.

It looks like this "Roman Daddy," as Bergoglio's title is translated into Russian, is angling for a Nobel Peace Farce. And why not, if Peres already has one? With Obama, Peres, Arafat and Gore, Francis will be in good company.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm niot a Catholic.

I'm a Christian.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
I really would like to like this Pope but he doesn't make it easy.

He seems to be making a moral equivalence between the Israeli's and the "Palestinians".

He should not be giving legitimacy to a an organization that wishes to destroy all "infidels".

Next will he have a meeting between firemen and arsonists to see if they can find common ground?
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." Matthew 24:15-16

So it begins.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
He should just hold another four-hour long silent prayer vigil for peace -- back at the Vatican.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
The track record of Palestinian leadership is dreadful. It's the Pope's job to try to use spiritual means t ease situations like that of the Palestinians and the Israelis and it's oddly hopeful that the two presidents agreed to show up.
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