Pope Francis releases a statement which, although alluding to the Jerusalem synagogue attack, does not specifically condemn it. The pontiff calls for renewed peace talks, and an end to the “cycle of hate and violence.
“I have followed with concern the alarming increase in tension in Jerusalem and other zones of the Holy Land and the unacceptable incidents from which even places of worship have not been spared,” he said at his weekly general audience.
“From the bottom of my heart, I appeal to the parties involved to put an end to the cycle of hate and violence and to take courageous decisions for reconciliation and peace.
“Building peace is difficult but without peace, life is torment.”
— AFP and Times of Israel staff