VATICAN CITY — “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the heads of Israel and Palestine, who he brought together in the Vatican Gardens for an unprecedented “Invocation for Peace” on Pentecost Sunday.
“It calls for the courage to say Yes to encounter and No to conflict,” the Pope continued. “Yes to dialogue and No to violence; Yes to negotiations and No to hostilities; Yes to respect for agreements and No to acts of provocation; Yes to sincerity and No to duplicity.”
The Holy Father delivered his address at the end of an evening filled with Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, chants and orchestral music.
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