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Pope Francis: War has sown hatred among future generations
Published on: Sunday, June 09, 2024
By: AFP
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Pope Francis: War has sown hatred among future generations
Pope Francis blesses children during an audience to the participants at the International meeting of Choirs, at Paul-VI hall in The Vatican.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis deplored a “hatred” sowed by the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza that could incite further violence among “future generations”, reiterating his calls for a ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages.

“All this suffering, the brutality of war, the violence it unleashes and the hatred it sows even among future generations should convince us all that every war leaves our world worse than it was before,” Francis said.

His comments marked the 10th anniversary of a call for peace in the Holy Land by Israel’s former president Shimon Peres and Mahmud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, at a Vatican meeting in June 2014.

“I think of all who suffer in Israel and Palestine: Christians, Jews and Muslims. I think of how urgent it is that from the rubble of Gaza a decision to stop the weapons will finally arise, and therefore I ask that there be a ceasefire,” he said in a statement released by the Vatican.

“I think of the families and of the Israeli hostages and ask that they be released as soon as possible. I think of the Palestinian population and ask that they be protected and receive all necessary humanitarian aid”, he said.

“All of us must work and commit ourselves to achieving a lasting peace, where the State of Palestine and the State of Israel can live side by side,” he added.  

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