The door to peace is still open; we cannot see that door through the smoke of bombs, but it is open.
...speaking about the Invocation for Peace in the Holy Land that
recently took place in the Vatican in the presence of the leaders of
Palestine and Israel, Pope Francis said “it was not a failure”. He said
the event sprung from the political leaders themselves, who could not
find the right place to do it. He revealed that initially they wanted to
organize it when the Pope was in the Holy Land in May in a neutral
venue like the Nunciature. But that would have posed problems as the
president of the State of Palestine would have had to enter Israel and
it was not easy. So they said to me: “Let’s do it in the Vatican!” the
Pope said. They are both men of peace, he said. They are convinced that
the only way forward is the way of negotiation and dialogue. “And today
that door is still open, he said, were there to open the door of prayer.
Peace, Francis said, is a gift and it was important to show humanity
that the way of negotiation and dialogue is important, and it is not
possible without prayer. Today, the Pope said, we cannot see that door
through the smoke of the bombs, but it is open.
Excerpt from the press conference held on the Pope's return flight from Korea on August 18.
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