Pope Francis has used his conventional Christmas deal with to name for peace in Jerusalem and spotlight the plight of kids scarred by battle, after urging the world’s 1.three billion Catholics to not ignore migrants.
Addressing tens of hundreds of worshippers gathered on the Vatican to listen to the pontiff’s fifth “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and The World) message, Francis known as for “peace for Jerusalem and for all of the Holy Land.
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” he mentioned.
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders.”
The pontiff’s plea got here as recent tensions simmered within the West Bank following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Following Trump’s lead, Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales mentioned Sunday his nation would transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump’s announcement on December 6 unleashed demonstrators and clashes, together with in Bethlehem within the Israeli-occupied West Bank the place Christians marked the beginning of Jesus at a midnight mass.
“May the Lord also sustain the efforts of all those in the international community inspired by good will to help that afflicted land to find, despite grave obstacles the harmony, justice and security that it has long awaited,” the pope mentioned.
The pontiff additionally talked about different international flashpoints equivalent to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela, after stressing that the “winds of war are blowing in our world”.