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A special mention was made of the need for peace in Jerusalem, which the pope called "the holy city beloved of God and wounded by men."
He also appealed for an end to the "carnage" in Syria.
He called for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid.
Francis said he was horrified by the suspected chemical weapons attack, calling it an "unacceptable massacre" of innocent civilians.
"May Israelis and Palestinians have the courage and the determination to write a new page of history."
"There is need for great courage and great fortitude in order to say 'No' to hatred and vengeance," says Francis.
The pope's call goes out to tens of thousands of Catholic parishes in Europe as the number of refugees arriving over land through the Balkans and across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece hits record levels.
Though the pontiff has made waves for his progressive attitudes, he remains a creature of simple pleasures at heart.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Pope Francis - like Pope Benedict - has joined the evil-doers to the chagrin of the Jewish people.
By DAVID SINGER
Much as the government of Israel, seeking to challenge a manifestly contrived PA declaration, will cite correctly relevant Oslo Agreement violations, the PA will then counter-argue, by fiat, that its own authority to declare an independent state is “peremptory.”
By LOUIS RENÉ BERES
Israel and the Jewish people should protest this measure in the strongest possible terms and make sure that Pope Francis realizes the damage he has done.
By MICHAEL FREUND
Interfaith work, “is particularly relevant in the wake of recent attacks on the Jewish communities of Europe and the Catholic communities in Africa and the Middle East,” Moscow rabbi says.
By ERIC J. LYMAN
Here is a man of intelligence who, I cannot conceive, is unaware of what the Palestinians were doing when they pushed him to the security barrier.
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