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Israel hails Pope Francis, invites him to Holy Land

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Israel hails Pope Francis, invites him to Holy Land

by AFP Videos 0:36 mins

SHOTLIST: JERUSALEM, MARCH 14, 2013, SOURCE: REUTERS POOL SOUNDBITE 1 - Shimon Peres (man), Israeli President (English, 23 sec): "The newly-elected pope represents devotion, the love of God, the love of peace, a holy modesty and a represents a new continent which is now awakening." - VAR of a delegation of Polish Catholics meeting with Peres at his Jerusalem residence --------------------------- AFP TEXT STORY: Vatican-religion-pope-Israel,REAX Israel's Peres hails Pope Francis, invites him to Holy Land JERUSALEM, March 14, 2013 (AFP) - Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday welcomed the election of Pope Francis, saying he represented "holy modesty" and inviting him to visit the Holy Land. "The newly-elected pope represents devotion, the love of God, the love of peace, a holy modesty and a new continent which is now awakening," Peres said a day after the election of Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first-ever pontiff from Latin America. "We need, more than ever, a spiritual leadership and not just a political one," Peres said during talks with Polish Catholic clergy at his Jerusalem residence in remarks relayed by his office. "Where political leaders may divide, spiritual leaders may unite -- unite around a vision, unite around values, unite around a faith that we can make the world a better place to live. May the Lord bless the new pope." Peres also invited Francis "to pay a visit to the Holy Land at the earliest possibility." "He'll be a welcome guest in the Holy Land, as a man of inspiration that can add to the attempt to bring peace in a stormy area," said Peres. "All people here, without exception, without difference of religion or nationality will welcome the newly-elected pope." The president said relations between the Vatican and Jewish people were "now at their best in the last 2,000 years, and I hope they will grow in content and depth." jjm/hmw/bpz

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