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Pope Francis calls for peace in the Holy Land

Catholic leader calls for an end to violence between Israel and the Palestinians during Easter address

Pope Francis denounced the current rise of antisemitism
Pope Francis denounced the current rise of antisemitism

 Pope Francis called for peace in the Holy Land saying the violence between Israel and the Palestinians “does not spare the defenceless.”

Francis’ Easter address, known as Urbi et Orbi, or to the city and the world, was delivered Sunday from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, two days after at least 15 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured on the border between Israel and Gaza.

The pope called for “reconciliation for the Holy Land,” which he said was “experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless.”

Francis also prayed for peace for “the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war.”

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