Cardinal Vincent Nichols prays with the Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors at Archbishop’s House, Westminster

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On Friday 6 June, Cardinal Vincent Nichols welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors in London, Daniel Taub and Manuel Hassassian, to Archbishop’s House, Westminster.

Together they spent time together in prayer for peace.

They did so in response to the invitation issued by Pope Francis to President Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to come to the Vatican to pray with him for peace in the Holy Land.

They united their prayers with those to be offered in the Vatican on the evening of Sunday 8 June, led by Pope Francis.

During their time of prayer, the Ambassadors and the Cardinal read passages from the Scriptures in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Their prayer was accompanied by the singing of Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, by a chorister from Westminster Cathedral Choir.


Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops’ consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, spoke to us about the Ambassadors’ meeting at Archbishop’s House.

You can listen by using the player in the top right-hand corner of this page. Download by right-clicking on the link below the player. 


Invitation from Pope Francis to Pray for World Peace
News release on the Holy Father’s call for prayer for world peace on 8 June 2014.

Prayers and Politics for Israelis and Palestinians
An opinion piece by Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops’ consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.