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Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3)

Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3) Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3)
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 17:23

ReutersA Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest against USA embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City, May 14, 2018.

On the other side of the fence, Israeli troops have fired tear gas and live ammunition, spurring the deadliest moment on the border since 2014.

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for the end of the wave of violence in the Holy Land and appealed for the opening of talks.

"I invite all the parties involved and the worldwide community to renew their commitment because dialogue, justice and peace prevail", Francis continued, before leading the thousands who were gathered in St. Peter's Square in praying a Hail Mary.

Pope Francis asked all parties involved in the conflict and the whole worldwide community to renew their promise so that dialogue, justice and peace takes precedence.

After expressing his sorrow for those killed and his closeness to those who are suffering, the pope insisted that violence will never bring peace. "War incites war, violence incites violence".

Francis has on several occasions expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indirectly criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He condemned Israel's actions "unequivocally". 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.

'These protests take place against the drastically deteriorating humanitarian situation which leaves little hope and continues to undermine a peaceful resolution.

Francis explained that in the early years of the Church, Baptism was also called "illumination", and the newly Baptized were called the "illuminated", following Jesus words that he is "the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life".