The Pope about the events in Gaza: "Violence never leads to peace"

The Pope about the events in Gaza:

POPE FRANCIS " I am very anxious and hurt by the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and for the spiral of violence that is increasingly moving away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations. "War calls for war, violence calls for violence". "We must listen without fear to the thirst for God and to the cry that rises from the people of Rome, asking ourselves how that cry expresses the need for salvation, for God", he said.

At least 2,400 other Palestinians were wounded in what was the bloodiest day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.

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

"I invite all the parties involved and the global community to renew their commitment so that dialogue, justice, and peace prevail", he said.

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.

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At his general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis concluded his series of reflections on the sacrament of Baptism, speaking of the spiritual fruits that it brings to each believer.

Francis was reflecting on St. Paul discerning when to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make. "But above all these things, clothe yourselves with charity, which unites them in a flawless way". Meetings have been planned as a group; it is unknown whether Pope Francis will also hold private audiences with particular bishops.

"I was in Ausonia in the year '59".

The Holy See is vehemently denying stories that Pope Francis denied the existence of Hell. Christian education, he said, is a right of each child so that they can gradually come to know the plan of God for them. Changing the way parishes - and their priests and involved laity - operate will not be easy, the pope said, but members of the diocese must set out to follow the Lord more closely, deal with the reality in their neighborhoods and learn how to show everyone living within the parish boundaries that they are recognized and loved.

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