Pope's Angelus Appeal: Dialogue, Moderation in Jerusalem

Invites Faithful to Join Him Praying for Reconciliation and Peace in Holy Land

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“I follow with trepidation the grave tensions and violence these days in Jerusalem.”
Pope Francis said this making an appeal for the Holy Land during his Angelus address Sunday, July 23, 2017, to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square at noon.
“I feel the need to express a heartfelt appeal to moderation and dialogue,” continued the Pontiff, who invited everyone to join him “in prayer, so that the Lord will inspire all to work toward reconciliation and peace.”
In recent days, the situation in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories has deteriorated dramatically following the installation of metal detectors to access the Temple Mount, or Haram ash-Sharif, a site sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Last Friday, July 14, in protest, three Palestinian gunmen opened fire on police officers at one of the gates adjacent to the site, killing two of them.
Pope Francis visited the Holy Land May 24-26, 2014. On June 8, the same year, he organized a historic prayer meeting for peace in the Holy Land in the Vatican Gardens, attended by then-Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Abu Mazen and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.
After his appeal for the Holy Land, Pope Francis greeted the various groups of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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