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Expressing deep empathy, the Pope remarked, "They suffer so much. I heard how they both suffer," emphasizing the toll wars take on people
"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?”
More than 230 hostages are being held by Hamas in Gaza, according to the latest Israeli figures -- 22 of them Thai nationals
At least 5,791 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, while more than 1,400 people were killed in Israel
"Exploitation is one of the origins of war. The other origin is of a geopolitical nature related to territorial dominance,” the pope said
Over the past 15 years, Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have led to the deaths of thousands of Palestinians
“It is my firm belief that preventing a war beforehand is much more critical than stopping a war afterwards,” Lee said.
Organizers made this decision after a wave of “negative public feedback on the sensational public actions of the artists"
The unscripted comments were Francis's latest attempt to reassure China, which is wary of the Church's presence in its country