President Shimon Peres will head to the Vatican on Sunday to participate in an interfaith peace prayer event at the invitation of Pope Francis.
Francis issued the invitation to Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
According to a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson, Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders.
The event will feature readings about peace by the clergy from the Tanach, the New Testament and the Quran. Francis will then read religious verses with Peres and Abbas, which the three will have selected for the ceremony.
Israel’s delegation, which the Chief Rabbinate helped to select, will include members of the local Jewish, Druze and Muslim communities.
Traveling with Peres will be Rabbi Rasson Arussi, of the Chief Rabbinate Council; Israel Prize laureate and Talmud scholar, Daniel Sperber; former chief rabbi of Ireland and interreligious adviser to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, David Rosen; spiritual Leader of the Druze faith in Israel, Sheikh Moafaq Tarif; and Sheikh Mohammad Kiwan, chairman of the Muslim community of Israel.
Abbas’s delegation is also expected to include Islamic and Christian leaders.
In order to accommodate Jewish religious beliefs, the event will be held in a garden that is not a place of prayer, nor will it hold any religious symbols.
The Vatican will broadcast a live feed of the event to viewers across the world.
Peres will also meet with Italian political leaders, including President Giorgio Napolitano and Minister of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.