Pope 'very worried' by Gaza violence

Pope 'very worried' by Gaza violence

Calling for "dialogue, justice and peace", said violence "has never led to peace".

The Associated Press reported that May 14, the same day the United States was inaugurating its embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 people during mass protests along the Gaza border.

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

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 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.

To "put on Christ", as St. Paul explains in his letter to the Colossians, is to cultivate the virtues of "heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another ..."


"We believe that there is no reason that could prevent the city from being the capital of Israel and Palestine, but this should be done through negotiation and mutual respect", said the statement from the assembly May 15.

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

Those being baptised are also given a candle, lighted from the Easter candle, as the priest says the words, "Receive the light of Christ".

The Pope last August asked Thailand's Catholic Bishops to contact Wat Pho to request borrowing the manuscript so that it could be translated, said Vira.

He also emphasized the right of children to a Christian education and the responsibility of parents and godparents to provide this and to nourish in children the baptismal graces, helping them to persevere in the faith. "We reiterate our unity with Pope Francis in the pain and shame he expressed about the crimes committed against minors and adults in church settings".

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