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Nuncio laments violence in Holy Land

October 14, 2015

The apostolic nuncio to Israel described the increasing violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “very worrying and distressful” and said that “we cannot stay indifferent to repeated acts of violence and loss of human lives.”

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“Recent statements by Pope Francis, on the situation in the Holy Land and his call to resume the path of dialogue, do not just express his concern, but resound the feelings of all those who, here and there, are involved with sincerity and generosity to reconstruct peace,” said Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who also serves as apostolic delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine. “Their voice is not heard properly enough, and their efforts are often ignored.”

“The international community is equipped with tools which if properly used could surely contribute to resolve conflicts and situations of crisis, like the one which we live presently in the Holy Land,” he added. “But I believe it is necessary before anything else to find ways to establish on the ground a climate of mutual trust.  If it is impossible to bring down the walls of mistrust and hostility, all initiatives will be ineffective and unfortunately designated to fail, as we have seen more recently.”

 


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