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Middle East Pope Francis

Pope appeals for end to violence in Middle East

Pope Francis made a heartfelt appeal yesterday to halt the spiral of violence in the Middle East and for all nations to favour negotiation and peace efforts while assisting those suffering in Gaza. Source: Vatican News.

Middle East Politics

Wong steps up debate on Palestinian statehood  

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has cleared the ground for a pivotal debate on the conflict in the Middle East by suggesting Australia could recognise a Palestinian state without waiting for years of talks with Israel over a two-state solution. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Middle East Pope Francis

Pope meets relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas

Pope Francis met yesterday with relatives of Israeli hostages being held in Gaza since October 7. Source: Vatican News.

Charity Middle East

Caritas releases sobering update from partners in Gaza

Caritas Australia has shared an update from its partners in Gaza, with workers and the people they are helping describing sobering stories from the war-torn region. 

Foreign Aid Middle East

Australia resumes funding for UNRWA in Gaza

Australia will resume its $6 million in funding to the United Nations’ “lifesaving” aid agency in Gaza, more than a month after it suspended its support and amid growing concerns about the worsening humanitarian crisis. Source: Herald Sun.

Middle East

Gaza’s Christians suffer ‘Way of the Cross’, says parish priest

Christians in Gaza are living a “Way of the Cross”, according to the parish priest of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza City. Source: The Tablet.

Middle East Pope Francis

Pope makes emotional plea for ceasefire in Gaza

Pope Francis yesterday called for Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza”, repeating “Enough!” and “Stop!” from the window of the apostolic palace. Source: The Tablet.

Middle East Ukraine Vatican

Prospect of EU military intervention in Ukraine ‘frightening’

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Europe could send ground troops to Ukraine opens a “frightening scenario”. Source: Vatican News.

Archives Middle East

Top papal aide condemns antisemitism, calls for Gaza ceasefire 

Cardinal Mario Zuppi has condemned the rise of antisemitism since the outbreak of the war in Gaza and has called for a ceasefire, saying Israel’s military offensive does not justify the rising civilian death count. Source: Crux.