What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

The Anglican Church is committed to serve the people of Gaza through the extraordinary work of the hospitals I was able to visit there a year ago'.

These items make visible the invisible spiritual effects of the sacrament, he said, noting how the white garment reminds us of St. Paul's words: "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ". He said it expresses new life as creatures who reflect the glory of God.

Pope Francis also explained that the baptismal candle reminds us that the Light of the World is Jesus Christ, "who, having risen from the dead, has conquered the darkness of evil". He explained that is symbolized the fire of faith passing from the godparents and parents to the child.

POPE FRANCIS " It is the parents' job, together with the godparents, to care for and feed the flame of grace to their young ones, helping them persevere in the faith.

"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.

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Before his closing appeal, Francis had greeted a group of Polish Veterans of War World II, who'd come together to mark the anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, which opened the Allied path to Rome.

POPE FRANCIS " With sadness, I remember the wars. Still now. we never learn.

'All violence is destructive to peace efforts and our cry is for a peaceful two state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed grave concern over the tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East, which have reignited in recent days following the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

"I Express my great sorrow at the deaths and injuries of people, I bow in prayer and compassion for all the victims", said the Pontiff.

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