WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee echoed Pope Francis in calling for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land amid ongoing violence between Israel and Palestinians.
Quoting the pope’s Easter prayer for peace, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, May 18 called for “fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenseless.”
The archbishop, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said in a statement the violence in Gaza that has led to 60 Palestinian deaths and injuries to more than 2,000 since May 14 “is deeply troubling.”
“Recognizing Israel’s right to self-defense, it is difficult to justify the death of protesters,” Archbishop Broglio said.
Israeli troops firing into Gaza during a May 14 mass protest at the Gaza-Israel bordern, killing dozens. The violence occurred the same day the United States opened its Jerusalem embassy.
The demonstrations ended a seven-week series of weekly protests at the border. Overall, more than 100 people have died.
The committee chairman called the move of the embassy “a provocative and unhelpful step in the pursuit of peace.”
He also expressed concern that prospects were “dimming for a two-state solution in which a viable and independent Palestine exists in peace with a secure Israel, with Jerusalem as a shared capital.”
“The protests by Palestinians are fueled by desperation due to the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza,” Archbishop Broglio’s statement said. “I pray for all those have been killed or injured and for their families who are suffering.”
He concluded by saying that violence “is not the answer,” and called for prayers for a peaceful resolution to the long conflict among Palestinians and Israel.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103