Pope Francis criticizes rising ‘death spiral’ in Middle East

(MENAFN) On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced a rise in violence in the region and urged all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian issue to make a "sincere effort to find peace."

The pope concluded his customary Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square by saying, "The death spiral that deepens day by day only shuts the little glimmers of trust that exist between the two peoples."

Francis, 86, referenced the killing of seven Israelis and the 10 Palestinians who were slain by an Israeli army raid on a synagogue in East Jerusalem and a refugee camp in the West Bank on Friday.

“Since the beginning of the year, dozens of Palestinians have been killed in clashes with the Israeli army,” on the words of the pope.

“I appeal to the two governments and the international community to find other ways without delay, including dialogue and the sincere search for peace.”

“It is with great sorrow that I learn of the news coming from the Holy Land,” he added.


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