Pope appeals for peace in Holy Land, Middle East

Nellie Chapman
May 16, 2018

The goal is "to re-establish trust in the Church through good shepherds who witness with their lives that they have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd and know how to accompany the suffering of the victims and work in a determined and untiring way in the prevention of abuse", the statement said.

Speaking at the end of the general audience, Francis expressed his sorrow for the dead and wounded, saying he is "close with prayer and affection to all those who suffer" and repeating that violence does not lead to peace.

He led those at the audience in praying a Hail Mary, invoking "Mary, Queen of Peace" and concluding with the prayer, "May God have mercy on us!"

Pope Francis has warned that the latest outbreak of violence on the Gaza border is only hurting chances of peace in the Middle East, saying "war begets war".

Pope Francis said Wednesday he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East after deadly clashes on the Gaza border were said to have left 60 Palestinians dead.

The pope called on the global community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail.

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If we are clothed in Christ, St Paul reminded the early believers in his letter to the Colossians, we must take on the virtues of "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience".

Giving the newly baptized a candle lit from the paschal candle represents the risen Christ they have received, he said.

"We are called to receive [the candle's] splendor!" he said.

"I was in Ausonia in the year '59".

"To always walk as children of light, persevering in faith", as it says in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the Christian vocation, the Pope said. He explained that is symbolized the fire of faith passing from the godparents and parents to the child.

The Holy See is vehemently denying stories that Pope Francis denied the existence of Hell.

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