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Pope Francis at his general audience in St Peter’s Square on April 17 (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has issued a new plea for peace in Palestine, Israel and Ukraine, urging dialogue over conflict and remembering the suffering of those affected. Source: Vatican News.

Following the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope Francis again turned his prayers to peace in the world. 

He expressed his hope that dialogue, negotiation, and diplomacy might prevail in the Middle East. He urged against succumbing to “the logic of assertion”.

“I continue to watch with concern and sorrow the situation in the Middle East. I reiterate the plea not to yield to the claims of war but rather to prioritise dialogue and diplomacy, which can achieve much. Every day, I pray for peace in Palestine and Israel, hoping these two peoples can soon end their suffering.”

Pope Francis then recalled the ongoing war in Ukraine. He invited the world not to forget the conflict-ridden land “which suffers so much”.


Pope prays for dialogue over conflict in the Middle East (By Francesca Merlo, Vatican News)