Pope Expresses Deep Concern Over Reported Attack on Holy Family Parish in Gaza
Vatican News Report: Unverified Claims and Heavy Bombardment
Vatican News, the official news outlet of the Holy See, reported on Saturday the Latin Patriarchate’s account of an alleged attack on Holy Family Parish in Gaza.
The report claimed that Israelis justified the attack, citing the presence of a rocket launcher in the parish.
However, the report did not provide the source of this information.
Vatican News also mentioned that dozens were reportedly dead due to a heavy bombardment around the Holy Family Parish, referencing the Palestinian government news agency Wafa.
Israel’s Silence and Pilgrims’ Gathering in St. Peter’s Square
As of Sunday morning, Israel had not issued any statements regarding the alleged shootings at the parish.
Attempts to seek comment from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were unresponsive at the time of publication.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis addressed pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on December 17, expressing his deep concern over the reported attack.
Pope Francis’s Address: Concerns, New Details, and Personal Lament
During his address to pilgrims, Pope Francis shared his profound concerns over the reported attack, adding new details not present in the Latin Patriarchate’s statement.
The Pope included the victims’ full names and specified that the victims were targeted while “going to the bathroom.”
He also mentioned the involvement of multiple “sharpshooters.”
Pope’s Lament and Specific Victims
Expressing his ongoing distress, Pope Francis lamented the situation in Gaza, emphasizing the targeting of unarmed civilians, including families, children, the sick, and disabled individuals within the Holy Family Parish.
The Pope highlighted the names of specific victims, such as Mrs. Nahida Khalil Anton and her daughter Samar Kamal Anton, revealing that they were killed by sharpshooters while “going to the bathroom.”
The Pope’s deep concern and condemnation of the reported attack on Holy Family Parish in Gaza conclude the narrative, leaving readers with a poignant reflection on the humanitarian impact of such events.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn