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Catholic charity aids suffering civilians in Gaza

July 17, 2014

Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, is working to provide aid to civilians in Gaza who have suffered from Israeli air strikes in retaliation after Hamas rocket attacks.

Caritas reports that more than 330 people have been killed in Gaza, and over 2,000 injured, during the air strikes. More than 400 homes have been destroyed, another 1,000 badly damaged, and 20,000 people have fled for safety.

Father David-Maria Jaeger, an Israeli Franciscan priest, told Vatican Radio that the role of Christians is to work for peace. He observed that Christians on both sides of the conflict—Palestinian Christians in Gaza and Hebrew-speaking Christians in Israel—“know that their brotherhood as believers in Christ unites them on an infinitely higher plane.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jul. 21, 2014 7:54 PM ET USA

    Hooray for Caritas Jerusalem. Need to face the truth. Hamas are terrorists who will stop at nothing including using the Palestinian people as shields to wage war with Israel and to try to destroy her. Let them work with the families of the dead Israeli soldiers as well.

  • Posted by: Ken - Jul. 17, 2014 11:21 PM ET USA

    Is Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, working to provide aid to civilians in Israel who have suffered from Hamas air strikes?

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Jul. 17, 2014 7:23 PM ET USA

    The real tragedy is that Hamas and other Islamic extremists have again started the fighting. The large number of civilian casualties is the direct result of the practice of the Hamas extremists hiding their launch sites, command centers and logistics bases among the civilian population. The Hamas leadership views their people as en ends to a means--total destruction of the Jewish people--and makes sure to maximize the gruesome publicity. The liberal West falls for it every time.