Pope Francis expressed happiness at the recent de-escalation in the region and the brokering of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
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Catholic Relief Services is helping people harmed in the last 11 days.
While Holy Land Christians differ regarding which side is more to blame for the latest eruption of violence, they agree the actions of both sides are bringing misery to millions of civilians.
The Gaza Strip is home to about 2 million people. There are about 1,000 Christians in the territory; most of these are Eastern Orthodox, and about 100 are Catholics.
The 56-year-old Church leader issued a reflection on the causes of the current conflict, which has claimed more than 200 lives.
According to a statement from the Turkish president’s office, President Erdogan told Pope Francis “that Palestinians would continue to be subjected to massacre as long as the international community did not punish Israel, which is committing humanitarian crimes with sanctions.”
Pope Francis appealed for calm in the region, urging local leaders and the international community to help secure peace.
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The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem issued a joint statement published May 10 calling on the international community to intervene to put an end to “provocative actions” and urging prayers for peace.
Holy Land Christians share in the widespread skepticism there that the new U.S. plan can provide a constructive solution to the region’s intractable divisions.