“NNext Saturday, January 27, is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust,” said Francis at the end of his weekly general audience.
“May the memory and condemnation of the horrible extermination of millions of Jews and people of other religions in the first half of the last century help everyone not to forget that the logic of hatred and violence can never be justified, because they deny our very humanity “, stated the Pope.
“War itself is a denial of humanity”, said Francisco.
The Pope appealed “that we not tire of praying for peace, for the end of conflicts, for the end of weapons and for help to reach the populations (…)” affected by the conflicts, recalling the situation in the Middle East, in Israel and in Palestine.
Francis also made reference to the “disturbing news coming from martyred Ukraine” and condemned “the bombings that hit places frequented by civilians, sowing death, destruction and suffering.”
Francis also implored “everyone, especially those with political responsibilities, to value human life by ending wars.”
“Let us not forget that war is always a defeat in which only weapons manufacturers win,” said the Pope.
Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said today that there was no justification for the increase in anti-Semitism that has been occurring since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on October 7.
“We must be very firm against all forms of anti-Semitism, which, unfortunately, is resurfacing,” said Parolin.
“There is nothing that justifies such a phenomenon”, stressed the Vatican Secretary of State.
“The arguments of the Palestinians must be recognized. It is regrettable that the two-state solution was not accepted. But this in no way justifies an anti-Semitic tendency”, Parolin further stated.
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