Pope Francis has taken another swipe at the US president during his “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “to the city and to the world”) speech defying Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In the Pope’s traditional Christmas address, he called again for a two-state solution to end the long-lasting Israeli-Palestinian conflict, summing his voice to that of the myriad of chiefs of state and political figures who have criticized Trump’s controversial decision to change the diplomatic status of Jerusalem and move the American embassy in Israel to the holy city.
Following Trump’s statement earlier this December, protests broke out all across the Middle East, prompting chiefs of state all over the globe to condemn the unilateral move.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated the US was no longer qualified to act as a diplomatic intermediary in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Pope had his say on the situation, giving it a sizeable speech time during his “Urbi et Orbi” address today.
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” he said to an audience of thousands.
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,”
It’s not the first time the Pope has expressed criticism at the way the current US administration is handling the conflict in the middle-East. On the 6th of December, he urged caution about the religious tensions that could erupt between Christians and Muslims.
“I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days,” the Pope said. “And at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”
He also expressed his concern about the increasingly aggressive exchanges between Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
“The winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline,” the Pope said.