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Pope on Jerusalem: Enough with the clashes!


JERUSALEM : Pope Francis leads a mass at the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, in east Jerusalem, on May 26, 2014. Pope Francis called for people of all faiths to have access to often hotly-contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, on the final day of his whirlwind Middle East trip. AFP PHOTO/ VINCENZO PINTO

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 05/10/21

Pope Francis urges Israelis and Palestinians to respect multireligious and multicultural identity of the Holy City. "Violence begets violence."

Clashes in Jerusalem continued after protests this weekend resulted in the injury of some 300 Palestinian protesters and more than a dozen police officers.

On Sunday, after praying the midday Regina Caeli, the Pope called for peace, asking that the Holy City might be a “place of prayer and peace.”

With particular concern I am following the events that are happening in Jerusalem. I pray that it may be a place of encounter and not of violent clashes, a place of prayer and peace.

I invite everyone to seek shared solutions so that the multireligious and multicultural identity of the Holy City is respected and brotherhood prevails. Violence begets violence. Enough with the clashes.

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