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

Holy Land Pope ‘pained’ about tensions says ‘May God have mercy on

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The Pope said that bishops should seek "the grace" to consider quitting if required. "God have mercy on us!"

During the cathechesis, the pope explained the significance of the white garment worn when receiving the sacrament. This week, he said that young people were too caught up in a world of technology and separated from human contact, expressing his concern that many would only "live in the virtual world". This is what he said when greeting a group of retired soldiers from World War II.

However, the Chilean media have reported that Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago and a member of Pope Francis' worldwide Council of Cardinals, will not attend. In the last century, there were two big ones.

"The living presence of Christ to safeguard, defend and expand in us is the lamp that lights our footsteps, a light that guides our choices, a flame that warms our hearts in going to encounter the Lord, making us able to help those who journey with us" toward eternity, the pope said.

Yet Pope Francis didn't stop there. "Once again we are forced by circumstances to plead and cry out for justice and peace!"

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"I repeat that the use of violence never lead to peace".

"I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and I am close through prayer and affection to all those who suffer", he added.

"I am very anxious about and pained by the intensification of tension in the Holy Land and the Middle East and the spiral of violence that increasingly moves peace, dialogue and negotiations further away", he said. "War incites war, violence incites violence".

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'. At the end of this plea, he prayed a Hail Mary with all the pilgrims for this intention.

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