Pope says walls, occupation, fundamentalism block Mideast peace

Pope Francis delivers a speech after a meeting with Patriarchs of the churches of the Middle East at the St. Nicholas Basilica in Bari, southern Italy July 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

BARI, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday that building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism would never bring peace to the Middle East. Speaking at the end of a summit of Christian religious leaders, Francis also repeated his view that the “status quo” of the contested city of Jerusalem should be respected and […]

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