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Recognizing the Rights of All People is Important: Pope

07 December, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Recognizing the Rights of All People is Important: Pope

Pope Francis says he can not remain silent about a White House plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, who venerate the Holy Sites of their respective religions there, and it has a special vocation to peace", the Pope continued in his address Wednesday.

Trump also plans to sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior administration officials said. "In this regard, I can not ignore my deep concern for the situation that has been created in recent days", the Pope said December 6.

The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: "I can not keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days".

"I pray to God that this identity is preserved and reinforced, for the sake of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail", he said.

He added that he wishes "wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts".

The delegation held a meeting with this dicastery in hopes of establishing a permanent working group to promote interreligious dialogue in Palestine.




As Breitbart News reported on Tuesday, Arab, Muslim and European Union leaders have voiced their opposition to the move, suggesting it could create turmoil in the area.

The Pope made comments to a group of visiting Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican.

Pope Francis also spoke about the necessary conditions for true dialogue.

The position of the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue is that East Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory and that the city should eventually become the capital of the two states of Israel and Palestine.

The Vatican and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 1994.

Israel has traditionally always recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital; however, Palestinians claim that the eastern portion of the city is the capital of the future Palestinian state.

This irked Israel because his predecessor had always gone first to Israel and entered the territories from Israel.

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