Pope Francis speaks out against Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Pope Francis has announced that he “cannot keep quiet” about President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Pope joined other critics who have warned against the move as many fear protests will ignite across the Middle East.

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“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” the pope said Wednesday, according to Reuters. “I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”

The Bishop of Rome and Vatican City sovereign added that he hoped “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”

He called Jerusalem’s “status quo” to be respected in his appeal during his weekly general audience, Reuters reported.

Trump is expected to officially make the announcement Wednesday, eventually moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Israel has viewed the city as its capital, Palestinians have demanded East Jerusalem be the capital of their future independent state. The Vatican has supported a two-state solution, with both sides agreeing in the peace process.

The pope, who met with the president in Vatican City in May, has appeared to be critical of the president in the past, especially on matters of immigration.

While Pope Francis may be joining the chorus of naysayers, many others see Trump’s decision as news to celebrate and a promise kept.

 

 

 

 

 

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