Respect status quo in Jerusalem - Pope

Respect status quo in Jerusalem - Pope and

Pope Francis on Wednesday, December 6, expressed concern about the situation regarding Jerusalem and called for the status quo there to be respected.

"My thoughts now go to Jerusalem, regarding which I cannot silence my deep concern about the situation that has developed over the last few days and, at the same time, make a heartfelt appeal for everyone to respect the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions," the Pope said during his weekly general audience.

Launching "a heartfelt appeal for everyone's commitment to respect the status quo of the city", he said: "Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, who venerate the Holy Places of their respective religions, and it has a special vocation to peace. I pray to the Lord that this identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already convulsed and marked by many and cruel conflicts".

His words in favor of dialogue and peaceful coexistence were also at the center of a meeting held before the general audience, with participants in the meeting of the Standing Committee for Dialogue with religious figures of Palestine, promoted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Pope said: "If for the Catholic Church it is always a joy to build bridges of dialogue with communities, people and organizations, it is certainly a special joy to do so with Palestinian religious and intellectual personalities. For us Christians, the Holy Land is the land par excellence of dialogue between God and humanity. It is a dialogue that culminated in Nazareth between the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, an event which the Koran also refers to.”

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:21
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