VATICAN CITY (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by his late father.

Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, "The Origins of the Inquisition," to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.

Netanyahu's father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian who died last year. A Zionist activist who opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews, he was best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church's medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.

"To his Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage," the Israeli leader wrote on the inside front page of the book.

Later Monday, Netanyahu met with Italian Premier Enrico Letta.

Loading Slideshow...
  • VATICAN-POPE-ISRAEL

    Pope Francis (C) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara Ben-Artzi, on December 2, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO POOL / ALESSANDRA TARANTINO (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pope Francis meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, presents Pope Francis with a Menorah during their meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

  • Pope Francis, talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during their meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shares a word with Pope Francis during their meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, presents Pope Francis with a Menorah during their meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, presents Pope Francis with a Menorah during their meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Netanyahu is on a visit to Italy, which include a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)