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He reiterated the importance of dialogue for achieving lasting peace, adding, "Those who do not want dialogue do not want peace."
During the live transmission on Sunday, the Holy Father lamented that he was too sick to read the Angelus himself.
"Peace is possible. It takes goodwill," he said, urging people of goodwill never to resign themselves to the scourge of war.
The pope asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to consider, “How is the oil of my soul: do I nourish it and keep it well?”
The warning stemmed from the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus warns against following the examples of the scribes and the Pharisees
“Holiness is a gift of God, which we’ve received at baptism. And if we let it grow, it can completely change our lives”
Since All Saints’ Day falls on a Wednesday this year, Francis will not hold his usual weekly general audience.
The capacity to love God is the starting point and underscores all of our other relations and actions, he said.
The pope also lamented the recent strikes at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital and the Church of St. Porphyrius in Gaza City