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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Pope welcomes Israeli and Palestinian families
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¬†The Pope particularly welcomed a group Palestinian and Israeli families among the 20,000 strong crowd gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus yesterday. The delegation are in Italy on a peace initiative hosted in Naples. The Pope said: "Together they want to tell the world that they desire peace and reconciliation for the Holy Land. They say it with even more strength given that their families, both Palestinian and Israeli, suffered losses in the conflict. It is everyone's duty to not disappoint these youths and help them grow in the trust of God and others". He also made a special statement condemning torture, saying: "May a mutual effort of both institutions and citizens completely ban this human rights violation, radically contrary to human dignity". And he announced that he would celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul today with the Ecumenical patriarch of Costantinopoli, Bartholomťe Ier, who is visiting the Vatican. Source: VIS
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