Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

"War calls war; violence calls violence", he said.

On Monday, at least 62 Palestinian demonstrators were martyred and hundreds more injured by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the border.

The conflict coincided with the United States' inauguration of its first embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move, which Palestinians have taken as US -backing of Israeli control of the city.

Israel has come under mounting worldwide pressure after its forces opened fire on the Gaza border on Monday, killing 60 protesters who had massed alongside the fence to protest as the USA moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

As the world witnesses "another outburst of hatred and violence, which is once again bleeding all over the Holy Land", the head of Jerusalem's Latin Patriarchate called for prayers for peace.

"It's a decisive move, a move that reaches the heart, it's also a move that shows us the pathway for every bishop when it's time to take his leave and step down", Francis said, according to Vatican News, although a full transcript was not available.

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Pope Francis asked all parties involved in the conflict and the whole worldwide community to renew their promise so that dialogue, justice and peace takes precedence.

St. Paul goes on to explain, the Pope said, that to "have clothed" one's self with Christ means to live and cultivate virtue.

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis with the words of his recent Apostolic Exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad", urging his listeners to let the grace of Baptism bear fruit in their lives. If children are being baptised, then it is the task of parents and godparents to nurture the flame, helping them to persevere in their faith.

The Holy See is vehemently denying stories that Pope Francis denied the existence of Hell.

Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

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