Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, used his annual Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This follows United States President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, stoking Middle East tensions and causing direct conflict between the U.S. and the United Nations.
Pope Francis urges the United States to reverse its decision on Jerusalem.
In his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) speech, delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Pope Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict four days after more than 120 countries backed a U.N. resolution urging the United States to reverse its decision on Jerusalem. Referring to the Israelis and Palestinians, he said:
Let us pray that the will to resume dialog may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.
We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.
Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day message to pray for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palesti… https://t.co/99cFvXDjw0— CNN International (@CNN International) 1514261153.0
This is the second time Pope Francis has spoken publicly against Trump about Jerusalem.
It was the second time that the pope has spoken out publicly about Jerusalem since Trump’s decision to place the United States embassy in the city of Jerusalem, recognizing it as Israel's capital. On the same day of Trump's announcement, Pope Francis called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected, lest new tensions in the Middle East further inflame world conflicts.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, whereas Israel has declared the whole city to be its “united and eternal” capital.
Some people love Pope Francis, who practices what he preaches -- they show their support for his call for peace in the Middle East.
@IndigoGRITS @HuffPost Left church due to hypocrisy/abuse atrocity. Began liking this honest/practice what I preach… https://t.co/EjMNBiYbt6— Dbobeena (@Dbobeena) 1514261669.0
While others are not fans of the pope, nor of the Catholic church.
@cnni A COMMIE'S OPINION IS OF LITTLE VALUE IN ACHIEVING A SOLUTION.......... #GETaPOPEwithSOMErealSTANDARDScommiesSCREWupEVERYTHING— Hank Trujillo (@Hank Trujillo) 1514262235.0
@HuffPost Francis is a NWO globalist whose mission is to rule the world according to the Council of Trent of 1561-6… https://t.co/dbv0GjpGtl— Jennifer Hoffman (@Jennifer Hoffman) 1514255916.0
Some people really don't like him.
@HuffPost The ultimate Antichrist— Benjamin Johnson (@Benjamin Johnson) 1514264682.0
Others are critical of Palestinians, believing they have no interest in peace and compromise.
@cnni The Palestinians have no interest in a two state solution. The have rejected every offer they have been given.— Kevin Dickenson (@Kevin Dickenson) 1514262633.0
And the same goes for Israelis.
@HuffPost The Pope should have nothing 2 do with reinstating Israel because Israel HAS NO RIGHT 2 EXIST AS A NATION… https://t.co/uu5jzMwIxx— James D. Kimmel (@James D. Kimmel) 1514264165.0
It is a complicated issue, to say the least, which many fear cannot be solved with a two-state solution.
@HuffPost Send the Palestinians back to Saudi Arabia. If Palestinians put down their weapons = PEACE If Israel pu… https://t.co/KkQ6hGYrB1— The Commander (@The Commander) 1514289700.0
@HuffPost The problems in the Middle East will never be solved by a 2 State solution. The problem is a hatred for the Jewish people.— ani makom (@ani makom) 1514256942.0
Pope Francis also spoke about the plight of refugees around the world, asking for open hearts.
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