Vatican City, Oct 23, 2017 / 03:26 am
Meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem on Monday, Pope Francis said that the different religions in Jerusalem must live together in peace, preserving dignity and rights so that suffering and violence can end.
"The Holy City, whose Status Quo must be defended and preserved, ought to be a place where all can live together peaceably; otherwise, the endless spiral of suffering will continue for all," the Pope said Oct. 23.
He expressed his closeness to all those who have suffered due to the conflict affecting the Holy Land for many years. The uncertainty of the situation and the lack of understanding between different groups continue to create insecurity, he noted.
And this insecurity, along with a restriction of fundamental rights, causes people to flee from their land. "I invoke God's help in this," he said, "and I ask all those involved to intensify their efforts to achieve a stable peace based on justice and recognition of the rights of all."