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Pope Francis calls for dialogue, diplomacy in Middle East conflicts

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DIPLOMACY. Pope Francis calls for dialogue and diplomacy in the ongoing war between Palestine and Israel. During his traditional Sunday (April 21, 2024) Angelus prayer at the Vatican, he said he continues to pray daily to end the sufferings of the people from the two countries. PHOTO: PNA
VATICAN – Pope Francis on Sunday expressed concern over the situation in the Middle East and called for dialogue and diplomacy.
During his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican, the pope said: "I continue to follow the situation in the Middle East with concern and sadness."
Pope Francis noted: "I reiterate the plea not to yield to the claims of war but rather to prioritize dialogue and diplomacy, which can achieve much."
The pope added: "I pray every day for peace in Palestine and Israel, and I hope that these two peoples will soon put an end to their sufferings."
Flouting the International Court of Justice's provisional ruling, Israel continues its onslaught on Gaza where nearly 34,100 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and nearly 77,000 injured since Oct. 7, according to Palestinian health authorities.
The Israeli onslaught has pushed 85 percent of Gaza's population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60 percent of the enclave's infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.
Hostilities have continued unabated, however, and aid deliveries remain woefully insufficient to address the humanitarian catastrophe. (PNA)

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