- Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which has faced increased violence during the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Since the Gaza rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli army gunfire.
He added: "I repeat that the use of violence never leads to peace".
"I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close in prayer and affection to all those who are suffering", he told tens of thousands of people at his general audience in St. Peter's Square. "War calls for war, violence calls for violence".
The Holy Father thus called on all parties concerned and the global community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail.
Last December, on the same day Trump announced his decision to fulfill a campaign promise by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, Francis said that could not "keep silent about my deep concern" for Jerusalem and urged respect for "the status quo of the city in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations". Thus it grieves us greatly that violence has erupted on such a scale and that viciousness has been explored on what seems like a border marking mutual incomprehension.
In the header of the message, Reuters said that Francis condemned (condemns) the killing in Gaza. Hundreds of families across Gaza are now mourning their loved ones, dead and wounded. At the end of the Audience he sent out this cry for peace in the Holy Land.
Francis explained that in the early years of the Church, Baptism was also called "illumination", and the newly Baptized were called the "illuminated", following Jesus words that he is "the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life".