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Structure of the Invocation for Peace Event (Sunday 8th June, Vatican Gardens)

June 6, 2014
Pope Francis prays in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
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Before the ceremony
The two Presidents will arrive at the Vatican within 15/20 minutes of each other (18.15- 18.30).
They will be welcomed at the entrance of the St. Martha Residence by the Holy Father.
The Holy Father will hold a short colloquium with each President.
At the end of the colloquia all three will meet in the St. Martha Hall and the EcumenicalPatriarch will also meet with them. (The Patriarch will be in Rome from Saturday evening).
The four will leave the St. Martha Residence and enter a car.
The car will stop close to the place in which the event takes place. They will walk approximately 50 metres.
The four will all take their places.
The Ceremony (begins at 19.00)
Musical introduction
Reader/guide (English only): explanation of the structure and method of the first three parts of the celebration
First part: Jewish community (in Hebrew) - Prayer (creation)
- Brief musical interlude
- Prayer (invocation for forgiveness)
- Brief musical interlude
- Prayer (invocation for peace)
- Jewish musical meditation
Second part: Christian community
- Prayer (creation) (in English)Brief musical interlude - Prayer (invocation for forgiveness) (in Italian)
- Brief musical interlude
- Prayer (invocation for peace) (in Arabic)
- Christian musical meditation
Third part: Muslim community (in Arabic)
- Prayer (creation)
- Brief musical interlude
- Prayer (invocation for forgiveness)
- Brief musical interlude
- Prayer (invocation for peace)
- Muslim musical meditation
Reader/guide (English only): introduction to the final part
- The Holy Father (speech/prayer/invocation)
- The Holy Father invites each of the two Presidents to express their own invocation
- President Shimon Peres
- President Mahmoud Abbas
- At the end of the three invocations there will be a sign of peace (handshake...) with the participation of the Ecumenical Patriarch
- The Pope and the Patriarch will accompany the Presidents in planting an olive tree
After the Ceremony
After the ceremony, the four will remain next to each other and all the delegations will greet them.
They will then proceed to a nearby location (Casina Pio IV), a small building not far from where the ceremony took place.
Following the photo opportunity, the door will be closed and the meeting will continue privately.
At the end, the Presidents will leave the Vatican and return to their respective residences. The Pope and the Patriarch will leave for the St. Martha Residence.