Pope urges Israelis, Palestinians to seek dialogue after surge in violence

Pontiff says violence 'killing the future' for both sides, condems 'vile' Jerusalem bombings; 'I hope that Israeli and Palestinian authorities take the search for dialogue to heart in a greater way'

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Pope Francis on Sunday urged Israeli and Palestinian authorities to make greater efforts to seek dialogue following recent deadly bomb attacks in Jerusalem and clashes in the West Bank.
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  • Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing, Francis said violence was "killing the future" for both.
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    האפיפיור פרנציסקוס
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    Pope Francis
    (Photo: Executive Office of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
    Two bombs exploded at bus stops on Jerusalem's outskirts on Wednesday, killing a 16-year-old boy and wounding at least 14 people in what appeared to be an attack by Palestinian militants. A 50-year-old man died of injuries on Saturday.
    Late on Tuesday night, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    The pope mentioned both incidents, calling the Jerusalem blasts "vile", and saying that he was concerned about the increase in violence in the past few months.
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    אפיפיור האפיפיור פרנסיסקוס בדרך הביתה מ קנדה מטוס
    Pope Francis
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    "Violence kills the future, interrupting the lives of the youngest and weakening the hopes for peace. Let us pray for these young people who died and for their families, especially for their mothers," he said.
    "I hope that Israeli and Palestinian authorities take the search for dialogue to heart in a greater way, building reciprocal trust, without which there will never be a solution for peace in the Holy Land," he said.
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