Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace

Pope Francis decries 'spiral of violence' in Middle East Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2018, 16:48

Israel has come under mounting worldwide pressure after its forces opened fire on the Gaza border on Monday, killing 60 protesters who had massed alongside the fence to protest as the U.S. moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel claims that Hamas is spurring the violence and using it for cover for attacks. "War begets war and violence begets violence".

He, therefore, appealed for dialogue to bring justice and peace to the Middle East.

Last December, on the same day Trump announced his decision to fulfill a campaign promise by moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem, Francis said that could not "keep silent about my deep concern" for Jerusalem and urged respect for "the status quo of the city in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations". This is what he said when greeting a group of retired soldiers from World War II.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the cardinal said that he had spoken to the Catholic parish priest in Gaza, Fr Mario de Silva, "to offer our prayers and support". He told me that life is so hard and everyone is desperate with shortages of water and other basic necessities. Their fate is central to peace and peace can never be built on neglect'. But in the message there are no direct quotes, which would sound condemnation of Israel's actions.

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He said: "When I read this, I think about myself, because I'm a bishop and I'll have to take my leave". Thus it grieves us greatly that violence has erupted on such a scale and that viciousness has been explored on what seems like a border marking mutual incomprehension.

In a seperate joint statement the two bishops said: 'The awful loss of life in Gaza caused by the Israeli army's use of live fire against civilians is to be condemned unequivocally'. At the end of the Audience he sent out this cry for peace in the Holy Land.

"I was in Ausonia in the year '59".

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