Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says ME needs justice, peace

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says ME needs justice, peace

"I express my great pain for the deaths and injuries. and reiterate that the use of violence never leads to peace".

Pope Francis on Wednesday said he is "very concerned and pained" over the worsening tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East, and for the "spiral of violence that increasingly drives away the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations".

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

Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed his concern at the worsening violence in the Middle East, according to Vatican News.

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Eight children under the age of 16, including an eight-month-old baby, were among Monday's dead.

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

The conflict coincided with the United States' inauguration of its first embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move, which Palestinians have taken as US-backing of Israeli control of the city. He then recited the Hail Mary, inviting all to join him in praying to Mary, Queen of Peace.

It is now known whether Pope Francis will also hold private audiences with particular bishops.

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Giving the newly baptized a candle lit from the paschal candle represents the risen Christ they have received, he said.

This is our Christian vocation, Pope Francis continued, to walk as sons and daughters of the light, persevering in faith.

"We are called to receive his splendor" and let one's heart be set on fire, he added.

He also emphasized the right of children to a Christian education and the responsibility of parents and godparents to provide this and to nourish in children the baptismal graces, helping them to persevere in the faith. "Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life".

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