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  6/17/2013, Tammuz 9, 5773

Pope Wishes Peres Happy Birthday


President Shim'on Peres received a special birthday greeting, Monday from Pope Francis, who included a promise of prayer on behalf of Peres and all who would be celebrating with him during the official festivities, which start on Tuesday. The pontiff also thanked Peres for his visit at the end of April.

The pope cited the closing line of Psalm 91, "I will let him live to a ripe old age, and show him My salvation," adding that he prayed that G-d, who has already blessed Peres with 90 years, would continue to bless and preserve him, as is written in the priestly blessing of Numbers 6:24-26.