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Pope Wades into Mideast Peace-Making

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he hopes his prayer summit with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents will mark “a new journey” toward peace in the Middle East.

Francis spoke during an evening of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers in the Vatican gardens, where he was joined by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The pope said too many children have been killed by war. He said the memory of those innocent deaths should instill in all the courage, strength and patience to work for peaceful dialogue and coexistence.

He said: “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict.”


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  • alpinequeen

    It’s a good thing we have the Pope to speak for most of us. Muslims don’t have a equivalent central leader. That have the multiplicity of references or authorities who make judgments and decide on rulings. Basically they have Allah (God) and the prophet Muhammad, and the latter cannot be viewed as a statue or in a picture. (Southpark found out the hard way!) And ditto for Judaism. They have no central leader like the Pope. In fact, there are many similarities between Muslims and Jews, sort of like the Romulans and the Klingons, with Christianity being the Federation. In other words, we need to keep close watch on the Neutral Zone.


    • From the Heart

      Oh shut up you blubbering arse.

  • Urgod

    Why does having the pope weigh in on peace make my skin crawl? Oh yeah, they are the bloodiest religion to ever exist by at least ten fold.

    • Ray

      Well say what you will but the Catholic Church has done more to feed,clothe educate and fight oppression than any other religion or secular institution in the history of the world, yes their past is muddied but it’s mission has not changed .
      If you think the world would be better off without religion you only have to look at the past hundred years and see that godless societies like fascist, socialist and communist ones didn’t benefit anyone.

      • gyhhhhhhhhh

        Why have an open forum when you are catholic and remove any posts that do not praise them? Any anti-catholic post (truth) was removed. Interesting.

  • Ray

    I am sorry but I do not know what you are referring to, I neither am the moderator or removed any posts. I readily admit that there has been great wrong done but I must also admit they have been the instrument of peace and charity. Anyways, I hope you can get over your anger and insulting ways and try exploring what you are condemining so you can be at peace

    • gyhhhhhhhhhh

      I was addressing the monitor, not you, that’s why you don’t know what I am referring to. It just happens to have fallen under this thread.