Pope calls for peace in Jerusalem

Written By: BBC/Grace Maina
1224

Pope Francis celebrates mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2017 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO /

Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day message to call for “peace for Jerusalem” and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

KBC Radio_KICD Timetable

Acknowledging “growing tensions” between them, he urged a “negotiated solution… that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states”.

US President Donald Trump recently announced that America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The controversial move drew international condemnation.

Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153

Last week, UN members decisively backed a non-binding resolution that said any decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem were “null and void” and must be cancelled.

Also Read  Anti-government protests break out in Beirut

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their future capital, and all countries currently keep their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Also Read  China sentences Canadian to death on drugs charge

The Roman Catholic leader gave his Urbi et Orbi speech, which in Latin means “To the city and world”, in Saint Peter’s Square.

“On this festive day let us ask the lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land,” he told the crowd.

“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders.”

Also Read  Anti-government protests break out in Beirut

The pontiff’s speech touched on other pressing international issues, from the migration crisis to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, from Venezuela to North Korea.

 

KBC-You-tube-728x90-New-2

Tell Us What You Think