Pope Francis Calls for Urgent Aid for Gaza and Encourages Peace Efforts

Pope Francis Calls for Urgent Aid for Gaza and Encourages Peace Efforts

Pope Francis has urged nations to urgently provide humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza and encouraged peace efforts at an upcoming summit hosted by Jordan. He also remembered the suffering people of Ukraine and Myanmar.

In the coming days, Jordan will host an international conference focusing on the humanitarian emergency in Gaza. Following the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis highlighted the summit convened by the King of Jordan, the President of Egypt, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, expressing gratitude for this "important initiative." He strongly encouraged the international community to "act urgently" and use all means possible to assist the people of Gaza exhausted by the war. He appealed for humanitarian aid to quickly "reach those in need" and emphasized that no one should prevent its delivery.

Pope Francis also reflected on the tenth anniversary of the Invocation for Peace that took place in the Vatican on June 8, 2024, attended by the late Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen. He stated that the encounter demonstrated that "joining hands is possible" and that it takes far more courage to make peace than to wage war.

The Holy Father strongly encouraged ongoing negotiations between the involved parties, acknowledging the difficulties but expressing hope that proposals for peace, a ceasefire on all fronts, and the release of hostages "will be accepted immediately for the good of Palestinians and Israelis."

Pope Francis also recalled the tormented people of Ukraine, who continue to suffer and yearn for peace. He asked the global community to remember them in their thoughts and prayers and assured them, "we are close to you," as he greeted a Ukrainian group present in Saint Peter's Square. He encouraged renewed efforts to build peace as soon as possible, with international assistance.

Pope Francis reminded us to keep those suffering in Myanmar in our thoughts and prayers as well.

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