Pope repeatedly calls for a cease-fire in Gaza

AP , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

Pope Francis repeatedly called for a cease-fire in Gaza on Sunday. "Let's continue to pray for Ukraine and for the serious situation in Palestine and Israel and for other regions with wars," Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis presides over a mass for the closing of the 16th general assembly of the synod of bishops, in St.Peter s Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. AP


"In particular, in Gaza, leave space to guarantee humanitarian aid. Let no one abandon the possibility to stop the arms." he added, speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace above St. Peter’s Square.

The pope cited the Egyptian-born Rev. Ibrahim Faltas, the vicar of the Holy Land, as joining him in the urgent plea for a cease-fire.

"Stop yourselves brothers and sisters, war is always defeat. Always! Always!" he concluded.

Amid the latest bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, Pope Francis led special Friday evening prayers in St. Peter's Basilica for a world "in a dark hour" and in "great danger" from what he described as the folly of war.

The Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has reached its 23rd day, and the situation is growing increasingly dire for the 2.3 million civilians residing in Gaza.

More than 8,000 Palestinians lost their lives since the outbreak of the latest conflict, marking the deadliest of the five Gaza wars for Palestinians.

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