Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to “moderation and dialogue” as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to members of both faiths.
After reciting the Angelus on 23rd July, the pope asked people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the midday prayer to join him in asking the Lord to inspire reconciliation and peace in the region.
Tensions in Jerusalem have been high since 14th July when three Israeli Arabs armed with knives and guns killed two Israeli police officers at an entrance to the site the Jews call Temple Mount and the Muslims call Haram al-Sharif. The site includes the Western Wall and Al Aqsa mosque.
In his main Angelus talk, Pope Francis spoke about the parable of the weeds among the wheat from the Sunday Gospel reading.
The farmer in the parable from the Gospel of Matthew tells his workers not to pull up all the weeds because they might uproot the wheat, but to wait until the harvest when the wheat and weeds can be separated.
Picture: Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces after prayer outside Jerusalem’s Old City on 21st July. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters).