Pope: Holy Land needs "gestures of dialogue, reconciliation"

2018-05-20 22:00
Pope Francis prays during his weekly general audience, in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Andrew Medichini, AP)

Pope Francis prays during his weekly general audience, in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Andrew Medichini, AP)

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Vatican City — Pope Francis says "gestures of dialogue and reconciliation" are needed for the Holy Land and all the Middle East.

He told faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday he had "united himself spiritually" to a prayer vigil held on Saturday in Jerusalem, which, he noted, is holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Earlier, during Mass on Sunday, Francis, citing the "heartrending' situation in Gaza and prayed that hearts be changed so peace arrives.

Palestinian authorities say more than 110 Palestinians have been killed by live fire during violence across the border between Gaza and Israeli since late March. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, says it aims to relax an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Palestinian territory through the protests.

The US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem has also fueled tensions.

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