AsiaNews reports that the pope appealed to Palestinian and Israeli authorities together with the international community to relaunch peace negotiations.
"I urge an end to this tragic violence, while I express my solidarity with and closeness to the tried Palestinian and Israeli populations, whom I assure have a place in my prayers," the pope said.
"I appeal to all of the Palestinain Authorities, to their sense of responsibility so that, through dialogue and with determination, they may return to the arduous journey of mutual understanding, and in doing so neutralize those who promote violence," Pope Benedict continued.
"I invite the Israeli government to moderation and I exhort the International community to multiply its efforts to relaunch peace negotiations. May the Lord inspire and support those who work for peace!"
Speaking on the Feast of the Ascension, which is celebrated in the church as World Day for Social Communications, the pope also criticised the role of the media which often "competes against the school, the Church and even the family".
Pope: stop the 'tragic violence' in the Gaza Strip and against Israeli cities (AsiaNews, 20/5/07)
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21 May 2007