What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle

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"I am very concerned at the escalation of tension in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and the spiral of violence that is moving away further from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiation", he said at the end of his general audience in Rome's St. Peter's Square. He also led Catholics in praying a Hail Mary to ask for the intercession of Mary, Queen of Peace.

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

DAILY POST recalls that Israeli forces had on Monday killed 60 Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border.

Calling for "dialogue, justice and peace", Francis said violence "has never led to peace".

Last December, on the same day Trump announced his decision to fulfill a campaign promise by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, Francis said that could not "keep silent about my deep concern" for Jerusalem and urged respect for "the status quo of the city in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations".

Speaking earlier in the audience to a group of Polish World War Two veterans, he said: 'We never learn'.

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"They are living through traumatic times of remembrance and protest at the dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation".

'This is a people who are both extremely vulnerable and deprived. Their fate is central to peace and peace can never be built on neglect'.

The deadly protests coincide with the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the anniversary of the "Nakba", or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes at the time of Israel's creation. But in the message there are no direct quotes, which would sound condemnation of Israel's actions.

He called for the easing of travel restrictions and for medical supplies to be allowed into Gaza.

He said: "When I read this, I think about myself, because I'm a bishop and I'll have to take my leave". We believe the Palestinians are entitled to peaceful protest and are horrified at the use of live fire'.

In the header of the message, Reuters said that Francis condemned (condemns) the killing in Gaza.