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Recognising rights of all people in Holy Land essential - Pope

Recognising rights of all people in Holy Land essential - Pope

On Dec. 6, Pope Francis appealed for Jerusalem's status quo to be respected and for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail over the city, hours before President Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to the Vatican Radio.

"My thought now goes to Jerusalem". The head of the Holy See called for the city's "status quo" to be respected, adding the USA move could exacerbate "cruel conflicts".

When Francis visited the Holy Land in 2014, he flew directly by helicopter from Jordan to what the Vatican programme called the "State of Palestine" and visited Israel last. 2 trip to Burma, also called Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

It quickly annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital in a move which has not been recognised internationally.

US President Donald Trump will deliver his speech, expecting the US president to "recognize the reality" that Jerusalem has always been the capital of Israel and to declare the move to the US diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv and which for decades remained a reason of contention between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Holy See recognised the Palestinian state in 2015. Our solemn advice and plea is for the United States to continue recognizing the present global status of Jerusalem.

Palestinians and Arab leaders across the region have criticized President Trump's decision, which includes a plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims", he said, adding that it was home to sites deemed holy by followers of the three major monotheistic faiths.

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Pope Francis has appealed to respect the "status quo" of Jerusalem in accordance "with the relevant United Nations resolutions".

In his comments to the group, Francis expressed his hope for "peace and prosperity" for the Palestinian people and called for dialogue that respects the rights of everyone in the Holy Land.

"They came to the Vatican with the intention of establishing a joint working group".

Renewed conflict broke out in the Gaza Strip soon after.

Burma, a majority-Buddhist country where minorities, including Christians, often face stigma and discrimination, is still working to transition to a democratic government after more than 50 years of military rule, while also facing harsh criticism from the worldwide community over what the United Nations has called a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims from the country's Rakhine state.

Similarly, he said his November 30-Dec.

The pope highlighted the value of dialogue and its importance for the Catholic Church, especially in the birthplace of Christianity.