According to Pope Francis, “terrorism and war do not lead to a solution,” and he on Sunday called for “peace in Israel and in Palestine.”
The pope demanded a halt to attacks in Israel as a conflict erupted between Israel and militant Palestinians.
He made no mention of the Gaza Strip or the Hamas militant organisation, which early on Saturday conducted a sizable surprise strike.
“War is a defeat. All war is a defeat. Let us pray for peace in Israel and Palestine,” he said at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“I follow with apprehension and pain what is happening in Israel… I express my solidarity with the families of the victims,” he told crowds after his traditional Angelus prayer.
“I pray for all those who are living through hours of terror and anguish,” he said.
“May the attacks and the weapons cease, I beg you.”
“Terrorism and war do not lead to a solution, but only to the death and suffering of many innocent people.”