“I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and I am close to all those who suffer by prayer and affection,” he added from St. Peter’s Square. Clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian protesters left at least 58 dead and more than 1350 wounded.
“The use of violence,” he stressed, “never leads to peace.”
“War calls for war, violence calls for violence, “warned the Pope before launching an appeal:” I invite all parties involved and the international community to renew the commitment to prevail dialogue, justice and peace. ”
Pope Francis then invited the crowd to invoke “Mary, Queen of Peace,” praying for a Hail Mary with him, before saying, “May God have mercy on us.”