Source: Vatican Media
At today's General Audience, with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis once again expressed his deep concern at the escalation of violence in the Middle East and urged for peace.
Speaking at the end of the audience, the Holy Father said: "I am very concerned at the escalation of tension in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and the spiral of violence that is moving away further from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiation. I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and with prayer and affection I am close to all who suffer." ... "I repeat that the use of violence can never lead to peace," he said, stressing that "war begets war, violence begets violence."
The Holy Father called on all parties concerned and the international community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail. He then recited the Hail Mary, inviting all to join him in praying to Mary, Queen of Peace.
Pope Francis also extended his "cordial wishes" to Muslims worldwide who on Thursday begin their fasting month of Ramadan. He wished that this "privileged time of prayer and fasting help in walking the path of God which is of peace."
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