Pope Francis, addressing crowds in St Peter’s Square after weekly Angelus prayer, made a passionate plea for an immediate halt to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Pope Francis emphasized the critical need to cease hostilities, especially in light of the numerous lives lost in Palestine and Israel. His plea extended to ensuring the provision of humanitarian aid and medical assistance to alleviate the severe conditions faced by the population in Gaza.
The Pope reiterated his call for a ceasefire, particularly highlighting the urgency of releasing hostages taken by Hamas during their attack on October 7. He stressed the importance of returning children to their families, voicing deep concern for the impact of the war on young lives, not only in Gaza but also in other conflict zones like Ukraine.
Pope Francis’ Broader Humanitarian Concerns
Pope Francis, 86, has consistently advocated for the establishment of humanitarian corridors and highlighted the necessity of a two-state solution as a means to bring an end to the Israel-Hamas war. He has been vocal about the need for a peaceful resolution, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and diplomacy.
In his address, Pope Francis also extended his prayers to those affected by other global crises, including the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake, Afghan refugees, and individuals impacted by floods in Italy. This reflects his ongoing commitment to raising awareness about various humanitarian issues worldwide.