Pope leads spontaneous prayer for Mid-East peace in St. Peter's Square
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in unannounced, silent prayer for an end to the warfare in the Mideast.


Francis called for insistent prayers for peace in the Holy Land during his Sunday window appearance to pilgrims and tourists.


He said he didn't consider "in vain" the June 8 peace prayer gathering he hosted at the Vatican attended by the Israeli and Palestinian presidents. Francis, who made a Mideast pilgrimage in May, urged people to avoid concluding that "violence and hatred win out over dialogue and reconciliation."