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Pope Francis urges immediate global action to provide aid to Gaza and promote peace

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the global community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza ahead of an international summit in Jordan. 

This summit, convened by the King of Jordan, the President of Egypt, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, was highlighted by the Pope as a critical initiative.

Pope Francis described the severe situation in Gaza, calling for nations to “act urgently” and use all means to assist those affected by the conflict. 

He stressed the importance of ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches those in need without delay. “Let us ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those in need promptly and without obstacles,” he said.

The pontiff also noted the upcoming tenth anniversary of the Invocation for Peace at the Vatican, which was attended by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen. 

He reflected on the meeting as an example of the possibility and necessity of making peace. “Joining hands is possible, and it indeed takes more courage to make peace than to wage war,” he said.

Pope Francis encouraged ongoing negotiations and expressed hope for the acceptance of ceasefire proposals and the release of hostages for the benefit of both Palestinians and Israelis. 

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“I strongly encourage the ongoing negotiations and hope the proposals for peace and ceasefire will be immediately accepted for the good of all,” he said.

The Pope also remembered the people of Ukraine and Myanmar, calling for thoughts and prayers for these regions. 

He conveyed a message of support to the Ukrainian people, emphasizing the need for international efforts to achieve peace soon. 

“We are close to you and remember you in our prayers. May peace be realized soon with the help of the international community,” he said.

Pope Francis urged the faithful to keep those suffering in Myanmar in their thoughts and prayers, underscoring the ongoing global need for peace and humanitarian assistance.

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