Pope Francis decries 'spiral of violence' in Middle East

Pope Francis decries 'spiral of violence' in Middle East

"I express my great pain for the deaths and the wounded", he said.

Pope Francis on Wednesday said he is "very concerned and pained" over the worsening tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East, and for the "spiral of violence that increasingly drives away the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations".

"We must truly pray to the Spirit to change our hearts to better understand his will and to give us the strength to continue to work for justice and peace", the archbishop said.

"War calls war, violence calls violence".

Pope Francis asked all parties involved in the conflict and the whole worldwide community to renew their promise so that dialogue, justice and peace takes precedence.

The Associated Press reported that the same day the United States was inaugurating its embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests along the Gaza border May 14.

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He led those at the audience in praying a Hail Mary, invoking "Mary, Queen of Peace" and concluding with the prayer, "May God have mercy on us!"

At his general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis concluded his series of reflections on the sacrament of Baptism, speaking of the spiritual fruits that it brings to each believer.

Francis was reflecting on a biblical passage of St. Paul discerning when it was time to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make at some point. "But above all these things, clothe yourselves with charity, which unites them in a flawless way". The pope stopped to greet this group from Ausonia, Argentina. Still now. we never learn.

Those being baptised are also given a candle, lighted from the Easter candle, as the priest says the words, "Receive the light of Christ". Christian education is a right for children. He explained that is symbolized the fire of faith passing from the godparents and parents to the child.

Bertomeu is the lesser-known of the two men Pope Francis tasked with carrying out a deep dive into the situation of the Catholic Church in Chile, originally to investigate the case of Bishop Juan Barros, accursed of covering up for his mentor, who's been found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors.

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