· Pope's condolences for the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres ·
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, key architect of the Oslo Accords and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Wednesday, 28 September at Sheba hospital in Tel Aviv. He was 93. Upon notification Pope Francis sent a telegram to Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel. In the telegram the Pope expressed his condolences and “great appreciation for the late President's tireless efforts in favour of peace”. “As the State of Israel mourns Mr Peres, I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples. In this way, his legacy will truly be honoured and the common good for which he so diligently laboured will find new expressions, as humanity strives to advance on the path towards enduring peace”.
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