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Vatican's Secretary of State Condemns Hamas Attacks, Calls for Peace Mediation in Holy Land

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, has strongly denounced the recent terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel and has called for peace in the Holy Land. In an interview published by Vatican News, Cardinal Parolin expressed the Vatican's readiness to assist in mediating a peace agreement to end the ongoing conflict.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/13/2023 (7 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Hamas attacks, Holy Land, peace mediation, humanitarian law

Parolin labeled the Hamas attacks as "inhuman" and conveyed the Holy See's "complete and firm condemnation" of these acts. He expressed solidarity with the affected families, emphasizing that the vast majority of them are Jewish. He also offered prayers for the victims, those still in shock, and the wounded.

The Vatican's concern extends to the civilians in Gaza, particularly women, children, and the elderly who are held hostage in the ongoing conflict. Parolin emphasized the need for a return to reason, abandonment of the "blind logic of hatred," and the rejection of violence as a solution. While acknowledging the right of those under attack to defend themselves, he stressed that even legitimate defense must adhere to the principle of proportionality.

Cardinal Parolin's paramount concerns amidst the conflict are the release of Israeli hostages and the protection of innocent lives in Gaza. He views these as matters of justice, insisting that humanitarian law must be fully respected. He emphasized the immediate return of hostages, including those held by Hamas from previous conflicts, and the protection of Palestinian civilians living in Gaza.

Regarding the possibility of mediation, Cardinal Parolin acknowledged the complexity of the situation but expressed the Holy See's readiness to participate in any necessary mediation. He stressed the importance of pursuing dialogue between Israel and Hamas, urging immediate action without delay.

Parolin also advocated for the two-state solution, which would allow Palestinians and Israelis to coexist in peace and security, aligning with the aspirations of the majority. However, he recognized the complexity of the conflict, with issues such as Israeli settlements, security, and the status of Jerusalem adding layers of intricacy.

The Vatican's Secretary of State expressed special concern for the Christians living in Israel and the Gaza Strip. He highlighted the essential role of Christians in the Holy Land, emphasizing their historical and religious significance. Parolin expressed solidarity with the small Catholic community in Gaza, many of whom have sought refuge in the enclave's sole Catholic church, Holy Family Parish. He emphasized the importance of standing together in times of suffering.

Cardinal Parolin concluded by calling for prayers for all those affected by the conflict, including Israelis, Palestinians, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He urged global solidarity and prayers for peace in the Holy Land.

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