What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle

Pope Francis told the bishops they should all consider their situation and recognize when it’s time to “leave and resign.”

"I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and with prayer and affection I am close to all who suffer.".

Pope Francis on Wednesday said he is "very concerned and pained" over the worsening tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East, and for the "spiral of violence that increasingly drives away the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations". "War begets war, violence begets violence".

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed - many by Israeli live fire - in the last two days amid violent demonstrations over the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

"I invite all the parties involved and the worldwide community to renew their commitment so that dialogue, justice, and peace prevail", he said.

The conflict coincided with the United States' inauguration of its first embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move, which Palestinians have taken as US-backing of Israeli control of the city. He also led Catholics in praying a Hail Mary to ask for the intercession of Mary, Queen of Peace.

It is now known whether Pope Francis will also hold private audiences with particular bishops.

To "put on Christ", as St. Paul explains in his letter to the Colossians, is to cultivate the virtues of "heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another ..." "As the flame of the paschal candle gives light to individual candles, so the love of the Risen Lord inflames the hearts of the baptized, filling them with light and heat".

Pope Francis had previous defended Barros, saying he had received no evidence of the bishop's guilt, and called accusations against him "calumny" during a trip to Chile in January.

Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis with the words of his recent Apostolic Exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad", urging his listeners to let the grace of Baptism bear fruit in their lives.

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