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Buildings in Gaza City destroyed by Israeli airstrikes on October 10 (OSV News/Mohammed Salem, Reuters)

Pope Francis has renewed his urgent appeal to Israeli and Palestinian fighters to stop perpetrating violence and spilling “innocent blood”. Source: Vatican News.

Speaking during the Angelus yesterday, he said he is following the situation in the Holy Land “with much pain, and is thinking in particular of the children and the elderly. 

“I renew my call for the release of the hostages and I strongly demand that children, the elderly, women and all civilians are not victims of the conflict, he said.

He also renewed his call for the respect of humanitarian law, “especially in Gaza where there is an urgent need to guarantee humanitarian corridors and to rescue the entire population”.

“In Gaza there is an urgent need to guarantee humanitarian corridors and to rescue the entire population.”

“Brothers and sisters,” the Pope cried, “so many have already died: please do not spill any more innocent blood, neither in the Holy land, nor in Ukraine, nor anywhere else.”

Repeating his firm belief that wars are always a defeat, the Holy Father invited all believers to join the Church in the Holy Land tomorrow for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.

“Prayer is the meek and holy force to oppose the diabolical force of hatred, terrorism and war,” he said.


Pope renews appeal for respect of Humanitarian Law in Gaza (By Linda Bordoni & Nathan Morley, Vatican News)