Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 23, 2023 / 15:30 pm
Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem, last week lamented the deaths of 18 Palestinians in a missile strike on the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Porphyrius in Gaza City.
In an interview conducted with Italian Catholic television network TV2000 and reported on by Vatican News on Saturday, Pizzaballa, the head of Latin Catholics living in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, and Cyprus, said: “War and bombs have never solved problems; on the contrary, they always create new ones.”
Speaking of those killed in the bombings, Pizzaballa said: “The pain of those families, who have already been suffering for a long time, is enormous, and we are with them.”
The missile blasts, which struck a building on the church compound on Thursday, killed 18 people, including children, and injured several others, according to reports received by the Holy Orthodox Order of St. George, a “pan-Orthodox” aid group.