Pope Francis takes swipe at Donald Trump in his Christmas message
Pope Francis has taken another swipe at President Donald Trump, appearing to rebuke the US leader’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In his traditional Christmas message, the Pope called for a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – an issue that became further ensnared in contention earlier this month after Mr Trump changed the diplomatic status of Jerusalem and said the American embassy in Israel would be moved to the holy city.
Following the President’s declaration, protests flared across the Middle East and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the US was no longer qualified to sponsor the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” the Pope said during his “Urbi et Orbi” address – Latin for “to the city and to the world”.
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” he told the audience of thousands from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica.....
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