The Pope has Called for Respect for the Status quo in Jerusalem

Posted December 08, 2017

Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church might consider adopting a more realistic and gentle adaption of the "lead us not into temptation" lyric of the "Our Father" prayer.

"My thoughts go to Jerusalem and I can not keep silent my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the past days", the pontiff said during the weekly General Audience at the Vatican.

"I can not remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days", Francis said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

In his appeal, Pope Francis said, "Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims who venerate the holy places of their respective religions, and has a special vocation to peace".

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Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, whereas Israel has declared the whole city to be its "united and eternal" capital.

The Pope made comments to a group of visiting Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican.

In response to Trump's announcement, patriarchs and heads of all churches in Jerusalem urged Trump to reconsider his decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reiterating deep concerns of potentially escalating conflicts in a region sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

There is enormous tension in the Middle east with United States President Donald Trump set recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in a speech.

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Mr Abbas is also understood to have called Pope Francis to express his concerns about the move.

The change is a recognition of "reality", officials said, both the historic reality that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish nation since ancient times and the modern reality that the city is the seat of Israel's government, housing its legislature, supreme court, prime minister, and executive agencies.

The Holy See recognized the Palestinian state in 2015.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had made the same promises during their campaigns, but once in office, they did not carry through with the move, citing its potential negative impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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