Pope Francis

The Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis has urged Iran and Israel to halt the spiral of violence in the Middle East as this could further lead to a greater conflict.

The Catholic pontiff made this call on Sunday while addressing worshippers at the Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

The Pope noted that Iran’s unprecedented missile and drone attack on Israel, could lead to a potential regional conflagration.

In his words: “I make a pressing appeal for an end to any action which could fuel a spiral of violence that risks dragging the Middle East into an even greater conflict.”

“I am praying and following with concern, but also pain, the news that has come in recent hours about the worsening situation in Israel due to Iran’s intervention.”

“No one should threaten the existence of others. All countries must, however, side with peace and help Israelis and Palestinians to live in two states, side by side and in security,”

The Pope however called for a ceasefire in Gaza and negotiations to allow humanitarian aid to be provided for its people and to help free Israeli hostages seized by Hamas in its Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

He noted, “Enough war, enough attacks, enough violence. Yes to dialogue, yes to peace.”


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