Pope Francis condemns Gaza killings, says Mideast needs justice, peace

What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle-east

Pope pleads for peace in Holy Land: “We never learn. God helps us”

"I am very anxious and saddened by the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and by the spiral of violence that is increasingly moving away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations".

Tens of thousands of Palestinians joined Hamas-organized protests on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, with the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry saying that as of Tuesday, 60 Palestinians were killed in clashes with the IDF, and more than 2,700 injured.

"I invite all the parties involved and the global community to renew their commitment so that dialogue, justice, and peace prevail", he said.

Monday's demonstration had coincided with Israel's 70th anniversary - an event Palestinians refer to as "The Catastrophe" - and the relocation of Washington's Israel embassy to Jerusalem, which also took place Monday.

"I repeat that the use of violence never leads to peace".

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"We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all", said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the patriarchate, or diocese.

St. Paul goes on to explain, the Pope said, that to "have clothed" one's self with Christ means to live and cultivate virtue. "But above all these things, clothe yourselves with charity, which unites them in a ideal way".

Ending a series of audience talks about baptism, Francis talked about the meaning of the white garment and the lit candle the newly baptized are given during the baptismal rite.

Just as the Easter candle gives light to all our individual candles, so the love of the Risen Lord inflames the hearts of all the baptised. If children are being baptised, then it is the task of parents and godparents to nurture the flame, helping them to persevere in their faith.

Pope Francis (L) embraces his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013. Christian education, he said, is a right of each child so that they can gradually come to know the plan of God for them.

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