Pope Francis Christmas messages takes aim at Trump’s Jerusalem move

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Pope Francis Christmas messages takes aim at Trump’s Jerusalem move

ROME: Pope Francis called for Israel and Palestine to be separate, independent countries, and for the world to take better care of millions of migrants “driven from their land.
Speaking in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the Pope indirectly addressed Trump’s decision last week to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a controversial move that many—including the more than 120 nations that backed a United Nations resolution on Thursday—believe will undermine the so-called “two-state solution.”
The Pope implored his Catholic followers to consider the children who continue “to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The pope called for Israel and Palestine to be separate, independent countries, and for the world to take better care of millions of migrants “driven from their land.”
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue 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,” said Pope Francis on Monday morning in the Vatican.
Pope Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, also brought his attention to the migrant crisis occurring throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
The pope compared the plight of more than 22 million refugees worldwide to that of Joseph and Mary, who traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem but found no lodging, a timeless parable of unwelcome travelers. – Agencies

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