Pope Francis said Wednesday he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East after deadly clashes on the Gaza border were said to have left 60 Palestinians dead.
DAILY POST recalls that Israeli forces had on Monday killed 60 Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border.
ReutersPope Francis made the comments at his regular Wednesday address at St Peter's Square, in the Vatican.
"I repeat that the use of violence never lead to peace".
"I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and with prayer and affection I am close to all who suffer", he said speaking in Italian.
Before his closing appeal, Francis had greeted a group of Polish Veterans of War World II, who'd come together to mark the anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, which opened the Allied path to Rome.
The Holy Father thus called on all parties concerned and the worldwide community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail. "War calls for war, violence calls for violence".
Francis has on several occasions expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indirectly criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a seperate joint statement the two bishops said: 'The bad loss of life in Gaza caused by the Israeli army's use of live fire against civilians is to be condemned unequivocally'. But in the message there are no direct quotes, which would sound condemnation of Israel's actions.
'These protests take place against the drastically deteriorating humanitarian situation which leaves little hope and continues to undermine a peaceful resolution.
"I was in Ausonia in the year '59". At the end of the Audience he sent out this cry for peace in the Holy Land.