Pope Welcomes Mahmoud Abbas Ahead of Treaty With Palestine

Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, calling him “an angel of peace”, days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, to the anger of Israel.
Abbas met the pontiff for about 20 minutes for a private audience, a meeting that comes a day before the pope is due to canonise two Palestinian nuns, who will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood.
A bilateral commission is putting the final touches to the agreement, on the Catholic Church’s life and activities in Palestine.
Some observers speculated that the agreement could be signed during Abbas’s visit.