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Pope Francis appeals for peace in Gaza conflict

Published on Jul 13, 2014 6:30 PM
 
Pope Francis on Sunday, July 13, 2014, appealed for peace in Gaza during his weekly Angelus prayer, calling for "concrete gestures to build peace" as the deadly six-day offensive escalated. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Gaza during his weekly Angelus prayer, calling for "concrete gestures to build peace" as the deadly six-day offensive escalated.

In an address to thousands of pilgrims on St Peter's Square Francis spoke of the "tragic events of the last few days".

Francis visited the Middle East in May and held a joint prayer in the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in June.

"I urge all interested parties and all in local and international political office not to spare in prayer and efforts to cease all hostilities," Francis said.

 
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