He called for an immediate end to violence and access to humanitarian aid.
In response to New Year’s speech, Ambassador David reaffirms Jewish state’s position.
The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: "I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days."
"If we look on our neighbors without mercy we risk that even God will look on us without mercy."
Israeli Rabbi Avraham Steinberg and Argentinean Rabbi Fernando Szlajen were designated as members of the Pontifical Academy of Life.
What an opportunity for Donald Trump to achieve a momentous and diplomatic victory and legacy!
Francis' trip comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches.
In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis said he hoped his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialog and reconciliation with the Islamic world.
Security is a primary concern less than three weeks after 45 people were killed in ISIS-perpetrated attacks on Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday.
AJC CEO: 'Precision of language and facts is absolutely essential when making any historical reference, all the more so when coming from such a prominent and admired world figure.'