VATICAN CITY — May 16, 2018, 5:03 AM ET

Pope warns bloodshed in Gaza hurts peace: 'War begets war'


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Pope Francis warned Wednesday that the latest spasm of violence in the Holy Land is only hurting chances for peace, and called for revived efforts at dialogue and justice.

Francis said he was "very worried and pained" at the bloodshed and expressed his "great pain for the dead and wounded" and all those who suffer. Leading thousands of people in prayer Wednesday at the end of his weekly general audience, he said the use of violence can never bring about peace.

"War begets war, violence begets violence," he said.

Francis didn't single out either the Israelis or the Palestinians in his comments, instead urging all sides and the international community to "renew their commitment so that dialogue, justice and peace prevail."

He added, though, a special greeting to Muslims who are celebrating Ramadan, saying: "May this privileged time of prayer and fasting help those to walk along the path of God, which is the path of peace."

Francis' appeal came after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests at the Gaza border, part of a weeks-long campaign to break a border blockade that Israel and Egypt imposed after Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007. The latest bloodshed came on the same day the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem after relocating it from Tel Aviv. Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital.

Francis has previously responded to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital by urging respect for the status quo of the holy city. The Vatican has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for Jerusalem that safeguards its sacred character for Jews, Muslims and Christians.

The Holy See recognized the Palestinian state in 2015 and has long been viewed as being sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

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  • Gltz

    He's very concerned after the fact. Where was he before this very predictable scenario? When was it last he castigated the arabs who send their own people to die for propaganda?

  • Lee Thompson

    The Pope is right. Perhaps Netanyahu and Trump should listen to the Pope.

  • GorillaMyDreams

    "Pope warns bloodshed in Gaza hurts peace"

    But that can't be! John Bolton assured us that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would lead to peace!

  • Nala

    IMHO Jersulem is a holy city to 3 religions and should remain HOLY with NO politization! unless of course trump is planning on starting a modern cursades all over again and any talibangelical who is interested in "brining on the raputure" should MOVE TO ISREAL

  • OldArmy81

    Dang, who woulda thought!

  • LastSecondTakedown

    Usually the Pope is pretty spot on. But this time, saying that fighting could hurt peace...he's clearly way out of line.

  • Michael Nunez

    No One knows this Better than the Vatican , History stands in it's way . It's Possible that the Vatican is Responsible for more Destruction of People and Their Way of Life than Any Other Institution/Regime Our Planet has Ever Seen ..... !

  • JuPMod

    Big duh, Francis. Everyone can see that.