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Pope Francis: ‘status quo’ in Jerusalem, in order to avoid conflicts

May 24, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump and wife Melania conversation with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican.

(Reuters)

Pope Francis spoke in support of the “status quo” in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling for “wisdom and prudence”, in order to avoid conflicts.

The Roman Catholic leaders came to the comments after President Donald Trump announced, for the US to support the relocation of the Israeli capital to Jerusalem — and the U.S. Embassy moved there.

The Pope said he was “deeply concerned” about recent developments in Jerusalem, which he called a “special vocation for peace” and a Holy place for Christians, Jews and Muslims.

He appealed to all sides to respect “the status quo of the city”, as referred to in the resolutions of the United Nations.

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“I pray to the Lord that his identity is maintained and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and around the world, and the wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to prevent the new elements of tension in a global context, added to the already shaken by so many cruel conflicts,” the Pope.

Pope Francis expressed his views on Jerusalem at a meeting with a Palestinian delegation of religious and spiritual leaders, and a weekly Wednesday audience. The Vatican said that the meeting with the Palestinians was to be arranged in advance and happened at the same time with Trump, the announcement on the same day.

At the meeting, the Pope said dialogue between all the parties involved would come only by “the recognition of the rights of all people,” that the Holy Land was the “land par excellence of the dialogue between God and humanity.”

“The primary condition of dialogue is mutual respect and a commitment to strengthen, respect for the will, the recognition of the rights of all people, wherever she is.”

To recognize the calls against Trump the decision of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is growing in the Islamic world. In addition to a number of countries, the officials come out against the move, two of the leading Lebanese Newspapers issued scathing editorials against the United States

Entire front page of the Beirut Daily Star. #Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/5UkdxXCkkF

— benwedeman (@bencnn) 6. December 2017

The English-language Daily Star newspaper on the front page has a full page-photo of old city of Jerusalem with a banner: “no offense, Mr President, Jerusalem is the capital of PALESTINE.”

Another paper, the know Nahar, compared trump for the late British foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour that supported a hundred years ago and a public statement was known, is now known as the Balfour Declaration, the creation of a national home for the Jewish people in the territory, such as Palestine.

“Trump, Balfour of the century, gifts, Jerusalem, Israel,” the paper reads the Wednesday headline.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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