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The Pope deplores “the hatred that is sown” by the war between Hamas and Israel

  • June 8, 2024
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Pope Francis poses with (l. to r.) Raphael Schutz, the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, Rabbi Abramo Alberto Funaro, Redouane Abdellah of the Islamic Center of Rome and Issa Kassissieh, the Palestinian ambassador to the Holy Siege in the Vatican gardens, in the Vatican, June 7, 2024 ALESSANDRA TARANTINO / POOL/AFP

Pope Francis deplored Friday “the hatred that sows for future generations” the war between Hamas and Israel and once again called for a ceasefire, the release of held hostages and humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.

“All this suffering (…) the violence it unleashes and the hatred it also sows in future generations should convince us that any war leaves the world worse than in the state in which it found it”he said on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the invocation of peace in the Holy Land, celebrated at the time by the former Israeli president, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority .

“Every day I pray that this war will finally end. I think of all those who suffer, in Israel and Palestine: Christians, Jews and Muslims”continued the Argentine pope.

“I think of how urgent it is that, from the rubble of Gaza, the decision finally arises to silence the guns and, therefore, I call for a ceasefire. I am thinking of the family members and the Israeli hostages and I ask that they be released as soon as possible. I think of the Palestinian population and I ask that they be protected and receive all the humanitarian aid they need.”François reiterated.

“We must all work and commit ourselves to achieve a lasting peace, where the State of Palestine and the State of Israel can live side by side, tearing down the walls of enmity and hatred”added the sovereign pontiff.

“We must all cherish Jerusalem, so that it becomes the city of fraternal encounter between Christians, Jews and Muslims, protected by a special status assured at the international level”concluded Pope Francis as Israel proclaimed this city as its capital after the annexation of East Jerusalem.

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