Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

After expressing his sorrow for the dead and the wounded and his closeness to all those who suffer, the pope insisted that the "use of violence that leads to peace".

Francis has on several occasions expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indirectly criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"War begets war, violence begets violence", he said.

Thousands of Palestinians were injured on Monday, and local authorities say that at least 58 were killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza border.

Francis gave the bishops a text "with different themes for meditation" the Vatican said.

Before his closing appeal, Francis had greeted a group of Polish Veterans of War World II, who'd come together to mark the anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, which opened the Allied path to Rome.

"I was in Ausonia in the year '59".

These items make visible the invisible spiritual effects of the sacrament, he said, noting how the white garment reminds us of St. Paul's words: "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ". "Their fate is central to peace and peace can never be built on neglect", the cardinal wrote.

He also emphasized the right of children to a Christian education and the responsibility of parents and godparents to provide this and to nourish in children the baptismal graces, helping them to persevere in the faith.

Pope Francis has given the Bishops of Chile a series of themes for meditation at their meeting Tuesday at the Vatican.

Francis didn't single out either the Israelis or the Palestinians in his comments, instead urging all sides and the global community to "renew their commitment so that dialogue, justice and peace prevail". "Do not be discouraged, because you have the power of the Holy Spirit so that it is possible".

Pope Francis has hinted at a second papal retirement when he said it might be time to "take leave" of his flock.

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