Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, inaugurated the State of Palestine Embassy to the Holy See.
Abu Mazen met Pope Francis in the Vatican prior to the opening of the diplomatic headquarters in Via di Porta Angelica: during the conversation he handed over a stone from Mount Golgotha among the various gifts. The Pope instead presented the Palestinian President with the medal of the Jubilee year and an Arabic version of "Amoris laetitia" and "Laudato sii".

The opening of the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See, Abbas declared,"is the sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and peace".
The Vatican State recognised the State of Palestine about a year and a half ago.
At the end of the meeting, Abu Mazen said:"I hope that other states will take an example from the Holy See".
Satisfaction and emotion expressed the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, who recalled the meeting with President Abu Mazen at the Foundation's headquarters, during which the rapid recognition of Palestine as a "State" was hoped for, starting from the Holy See.
“A dream that has come true,"said Capasso," thanks to the "vision" of Pope Francis.