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World Pope Francis defends Jerusalem 'status quo'

12:35  06 december  2017
12:35  06 december  2017 Source:   afp.com

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  Pope sets off for tricky Myanmar trip Pope Francis has departed the Vatican for Myanmar on the first papal visit to the country that has this year been widely accused of ethnic cleansing.Focus will be likely be on whether he uses the term "Rohingya" to describe the country's Muslim minority.

Pope Francis Wednesday defended the " status quo " of Jerusalem , hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.

Pope Francis Wednesday defended the “ status quo ” of Jerusalem , hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel‘s capital. “I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent

Jerusalem is home to several sites deemed holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims © Provided by AFP Jerusalem is home to several sites deemed holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis Wednesday defended the "status quo" of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.

"I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city's status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions," the pope said in his weekly address.

The Argentine pontiff's call came a day after he spoke by phone with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, the Vatican said without elaborating.

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Pope Francis on Wednesday defended the " status quo " of Jerusalem , hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognize the disputed city as Israel's capital.

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis Wednesday defended the “ status quo ” of Jerusalem , hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognize the disputed city as Israel’s capital.

"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.

Jerusalem, the pope said, holds a "special vocation for peace".

"I pray to God that this identity is preserved and reinforced, for the sake of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail," he said.

The pontiff added that maintaining the status quo was important "in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to an already volatile world that is wracked by so many cruel conflicts".

Netanyahu hails Trump's Jerusalem declaration as 'historic' .
<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as "historic" and a "courageous and just decision."</p>Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem's highly sensitive holy sites in the city sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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