Pope Francis said on Sunday he was alarmed by the recent violence in Jerusalem and called for dialogue and moderation to help restore peace.
The pope told pilgrims gathered under blazing sunshine in St Peter’s Square:
I am following with trepidation the grave tension and violence of recent days in Jerusalem. I feel the need to express a heartfelt call for moderation and dialogue
He called for prayers in the hope that all sides would come forward with proposals for “reconciliation and peace”.
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