Pope Francis Reiterates Plea for Peace in Israel-Palestine Conflict

Pope Francis’ Plea for Peace

After the Angelus on October 15, Pope Francis reiterated his earnest plea for an end to the violence in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

With great sorrow, the Pope expressed his concern, particularly for the well-being of children and the elderly in the region.

He renewed his appeal for the release of hostages and emphasized the necessity of protecting innocent civilians, including women, the sick, and the elderly.

Urgent Humanitarian Aid in Gaza

The Holy Father emphasized the importance of adhering to international humanitarian law in Gaza, where the establishment of humanitarian corridors is crucial to assisting the entire population.

He called upon Christians to unite with the Church in the Holy Land in dedicating October 17 to prayer and fasting for peace.

During his address in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis led the congregation in reciting a Hail Mary.

Vatican’s Commitment to Peace Mediation

Cardinal Parolin, in an interview with Vatican News published on October 13, echoed Pope Francis’ call for the release of hostages.

He underscored the readiness of the Holy See to mediate a peace agreement in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The cardinal stressed the need to restore reason and abandon the destructive cycle of hatred and violence.

The Importance of Proportionality

Cardinal Parolin emphasized the principle of proportionality in legitimate defense, highlighting the need to minimize harm to civilians during conflicts.

He expressed concerns about the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza and urged immediate dialogue between Israel and the Hamas militia to prevent further civilian casualties.

Pope Francis’ Stance on Terrorism and Extremism

During his general audience on October 11, Pope Francis emphasized that terrorism and extremism do not contribute to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Instead, they intensify hatred, violence, and revenge, resulting in suffering for both parties.

The Pope called for a solution based on dialogue and the rejection of violence, promoting a path towards reconciliation and peace.

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