Pope warns bloodshed in Gaza hurts peace: 'War begets war'

Pope Francis decries 'spiral of violence' in Middle East

I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close to all who suffer with my prayers.

Francis has on several occasions expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indirectly criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "War calls for war, violence calls for violence".

Francis gave the bishops a text "with different themes for meditation" the Vatican said.

At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for Priests, Bishops, and the Pope, who he said, must learn to leave their posts when it becomes necessary.

During the cathechesis, the pope explained the significance of the white garment worn when receiving the sacrament.

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"I invite all the parties involved and the global community to renew their commitment because dialogue, justice and peace prevail", Francis continued, before leading the thousands who were gathered in St. Peter's Square in praying a Hail Mary.

"I was in Ausonia in the year '59". He also explained the meaning of the baptismal candle, lit from the Paschal candle. Israel claims that Hamas is spurring the violence and using it for cover for attacks.

"To always walk as children of light, persevering in faith", as it says in the Rite of Christian initiation of adults, is the Christian vocation, the pope said.

A delegation of Taiwanese bishops spent an hour meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican last Monday, and invited him to visit the island nation. "Do not be discouraged, because you have the power of the Holy Spirit so that it is possible".

Pope Francis has previously hinted at the possibility that he might resign, saying in 2015 that the Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life", and noting in 2014 that Pope Benedict XVI's 2013 resignation "cleared a path" for future papal resignations.

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