Pope 'pained' over deaths in Holy Land, calls for dialogue


"I reiterate that the use of violence never leads to peace", Peter's Successor exclaimed.

Pope Francis has warned that the latest outbreak of violence on the Gaza border is only hurting chances of peace in the Middle East, saying "war begets war".

CITY: said Wednesday he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East after 60 Gazans were shot dead by Israeli troops while protesting the USA embassy's move to Jerusalem.

He acknowledged the complexity and delicacy of the political and social issues involved, but said that "individual nations and the worldwide community are called to contribute as best they can to the work of pacification and reconciliation through decisions and policies marked above all by compassion, foresight and courage".

POPE FRANCIS " None of us can ignore our moral responsibility to challenge the "globalization of indifference" that all too often looks the other way in the face of tragic situations of injustice calling for an immediate humanitarian response". "Once again we are forced by circumstances to plead and cry out for justice and peace!" He asked the entire diocese to dedicate a day of prayer and fasting for the peace of Jerusalem and that the liturgy on Pentecost be dedicated to prayer for peace.

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Francis said that the Paul in the Bible had entrusted the elders of the Church of Ephesus to God, knowing the Lord will take care of them. Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital.

On Monday, almost 60 Palestinians were killed at the border between Gaza and Israel in the bloodiest day of conflict in years, just as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.

"We believe that there is no reason that could prevent the city from being the capital of Israel and Palestine, but this should be done through negotiation and mutual respect", said the statement from the assembly May 15.

Since the Gaza rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli army gunfire.