IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ POPE PRAYS AT WEST BANK’S ‘WESTERN WALL’

In an image likely to become one of the most emblematic of his trip to the holy land, Francis rested his forehead against the concrete structure that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and prayed silently as a child holding a Palestinian flag looked on.
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Hello Palestine: Pope Francis prays at Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem.

GETTY IMAGES Hello Palestine: Pope Francis prays at Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem.
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Pope Francis Endorses ‘Palestine’ on Surprise Visit to Israeli West Bank Wall

Pontiff Speaks of Peace Below Anti-Israel Graffiti

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(Reuters) — Pope Francis made a surprise stop on Sunday at the wall Palestinians abhor as a symbol of Israeli oppression, and later invited presidents from both sides of the divide to the Vatican to pray for peace.

In an image likely to become one of the most emblematic of his trip to the holy land, Francis rested his forehead against the concrete structure that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and prayed silently as a child holding a Palestinian flag looked on.

He stood at a spot where someone had sprayed in red paint “Free Palestine”. Above his head was graffiti in broken English reading: “Bethlehem look like Warsaw Ghetto”, comparing the Palestinians’ plight with that of the Jews under the Nazis.

Such imagery seemed likely to cause unease among Israel’s leaders, who say the barrier, erected 10 years ago during a spate of Palestinian suicide bombings, is needed to secure its security. Palestinians see it as a bid by Israel to partition off territory and grab land they want for their future state.

On the second leg of a three-day trip to the Middle East, Francis delighted his Palestinian hosts by referring to the “state of Palestine”, giving support for their bid for full statehood recognition in the face of a paralyzed peace process.

But, speaking at the birthplace of Jesus in the Palestinian-run city of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, he made clear that a negotiated accord was needed, calling on leaders from both sides to overcome their myriad divisions.

Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for an end to the enduring conflict, just a month after the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.

“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace,” the Pope said at an open-air Mass in Bethlehem.

Peres and Abbas both accepted the invitation, their respective staff said. Palestinian official Hana Amira said the encounter would take place on June 6, just under two months before the veteran Israeli leader leaves office.

But it seemed unlikely that Peres would receive any mandate from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate with Abbas on renewing direct talks.

Netanyahu has said Israel would not consider resuming the negotiations unless Abbas reneged on a unity pact with Hamas, one of its most bitter enemies which rules in Gaza. Abbas has said a new government envisaged by the accord would be committed to peace.

 

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7 Comments

  1. May 25, 2014 at 17:49

    The Zionist Pope betrays Jesus Christ. Unreal.

  2. May 25, 2014 at 18:08

    […] He stood at a spot where someone had sprayed in red paint “Free Palestine”. Above his head was graffiti in broken English reading: …read more […]

  3. Phillip said,

    May 25, 2014 at 18:26

    The Jews berated the Church for not doing enough, quickly enough, for THEM …………… how quickly will they “TEAR DOWN THIS WALL”?

  4. May 25, 2014 at 21:47

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  5. Bad-Clown said,

    May 25, 2014 at 22:12

  6. Winston said,

    May 25, 2014 at 23:32

    Centuries ago Christ overturned the tables of the usurers in the temple. Many of us think that if it were not for the Roman Church’s dependence on present day money lenders, they would fully endorse Boycott, Divest, and Sanction, though of course the threat of ‘bad press’ from a controlled Mainstream Media probably also figures into the unconscionable failure to act, which is clearly the only language Israel will ever understand given the current leadership. The Church of England is comfortably controlled by Mr. Welby who is of partial Jewish descent (his father) and who has invested a substantial amount of the Church’s money in Weapons firms, a highly questionable decision; his visit to the Holy Land was marked by a total callous indifference to the sufferings of Palestinian Christians (and Muslims) and the usual supine posture to the Zionist regime.

  7. zaidpub said,

    May 26, 2014 at 01:46

    Never like that hat either


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