Pope Francis speaks with Biden over possible ways for peace in Gaza

RELIGIONS NEWS AGENCY (REDNA) – Pope Francis holds a phone call with US President Joe Biden about various conflicts and the need to identify paths toward peace.

Vatican News reported on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis spoke by phone with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, the conversation lasted around 20 minutes.

The Pope and the President spoke about “situations of conflict in the world and the need to identify paths to peace.”

Appeals for peace

Earlier on Sunday, Pope Francis renewed his appeals for peace and restraint in the war in the Holy Land.

“I am very concerned, grieved,” he said at the Angelus prayer. “I pray and I am close to all those who are suffering, the hostages, the wounded, the victims and their families.”

He lamented the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and blasts at the Anglican hospital and Greek Orthodox parish there.

“I renew my appeal for spaces to be opened, for humanitarian aid to continue to arrive and for hostages to be freed.”

He also recalled Russia’s ongoing war in “martyred Ukraine”.

“War, any war that there is in the world – I also think of martyred Ukraine ,” the Pope continued, “is a defeat. War always is a defeat, it is a destruction of human fraternity. Brothers, stop! Stop!”

Limited aid entering Gaza

President Biden made a brief visit on Wednesday, 18 October, to Tel Aviv to seek a deal to allow some humanitarian aid to enter Gaza from Egypt.

He also expressed support for Israel following Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on 7 October, which killed at least 1,400 people.

Limited amounts of humanitarian assistance began to enter Gaza on Saturday, though the United Nations has said the aid represents “a drop in the ocean of immense needs in Gaza”.

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