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Custos: moderation, dialogue needed to address ‘very dangerous situation’ in Jerusalem

July 25, 2017

The Franciscan superior in the Holy Land has told an Italian news agency that the situation in Jerusalem is “very dangerous.”

Violence has erupted following the Israeli installation of metal detectors at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. The metal detectors were installed in response to the shooting of two Israeli policemen.

Father Francesco Patton, the Custos of the Holy Land, called for “moderation to avoid a further escalation of tension and violence, and dialogue because it is a peaceful diplomatic tool which helps find points of consensus and compromise, enabling both sides to find an honorable exit from a very dangerous situation.”


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 25, 2017 9:43 PM ET USA

    The Custos did not mention the slaughtering of the Jewish family members in their home while eating diner last Friday. Apparently he considers this a minor irritation in comparison to installing metal detectors.