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


Those being baptised are also given a candle, lighted from the Easter candle, as the priest says the words, "Receive the light of Christ".

"The white garment, as it symbolically expresses what happens in the sacrament, proclaims the condition of those transfigured in divine glory", signifying a new life in Christ, he said. "We reiterate our unity with Pope Francis in the pain and shame he expressed about the crimes committed against minors and adults in church settings". This is what he said when greeting a group of retired soldiers from World War II.

Concluding his reflection, Pope Francis quoted a line from his latest apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, telling Christians to "let the grace of your baptism bear fruit on a path of holiness".

"The living presence of Christ to safeguard, defend and expand in us is the lamp that lights our footsteps, a light that guides our choices, a flame that warms our hearts in going to encounter the Lord, making us able to help those who journey with us" toward eternity, the pope said.

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A year later, Francis described it as a "beautiful gesture of nobility, of humility and courage", and that it "cleared a path for later popes to do the same", the Catholic news service Crux reported. At the end of the Audience he sent out this cry for peace in the Holy Land.

VATICAN CITY: on Wednesday condemned the killing of near the, saying the deaths would only lead to more violence, and appealed for dialogue to bring justice and peace to the Middle East.

Francis said he was "very anxious and pained" at the bloodshed and expressed his "great pain for the dead and wounded" and all those who suffer. "War incites war, violence incites violence".

Francis, who visited Israel and Palestinian territories in 2014, asked both sides and the global community to redouble efforts "so that dialogue, justice and peace prevail".