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Honduran cardinal calls for peace in Gaza

Catholic World News - August 01, 2014

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, who serves on Pope Francis’s Council of Cardinals, has called for a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict.

The Honduran prelate, who also serves as president of Caritas Internationlis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, sees a ceasefire as “just the first step on the road to a just peace based on inclusive negotiations across the region.”

“People have no safe place to hide when the bombs rain down on the densely-populated, small stretch land that is Gaza,” he said in a July 31 statement. “They see their children slaughtered, their neighborhoods razed to the ground and all hopes for a future of peace torn to shreds.”

“The battlefield is neighborhoods full of children, women and men,” he added. “It contains hospitals over-burdened with the injured and dead and schools which are being bombed even if they are meant to offer refuge.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 01, 2014 1:07 PM ET USA

    The people of Gaza should rise up and kick Hamas out. The cardinal obviously has been taken in by the press, as many other have been. How would he like to live in the Vatican and, say, have people lob rockets into it, at will? How long before you struck back to protect others? Hamas uses women and children as shields and doesn't care.

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