Agence France-PresseApril 24, 2013 11:04
Israel's President Shimon Peres is to meet Pope Francis on a three-day visit to Italy that will begin on Monday, an official statement said.
The Israeli president is also set to visit the city of Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, after whom the new pontiff -- Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina -- chose his name.
There he will be greeted by "hundreds of Franciscan monks" at the central Basilica, the statement fro the presidency said.
Peres will also hold talks with Italy's prime minister and its president on Tuesday, the statement said.