“We condemn all killings of civilians, and there is a need for a ceasefire right now, not tomorrow, but today.”
In an interview with Vatican News, Jordanian Fr. Rifat Bader, a Roman Catholic priest in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, made this appeal.
Fr. Rifat, directs the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, which is affiliated with the Latin Patriarchate. He also heads abouna.org, a site, in Arabic and English, for news, comments, and articles from the Holy Land, Jordan, and the Middle East.
Condemnation of all civilian killings
In the interview, Fr. Rifat echoed Pope Francis’ calls for peace, and explained his perspective as a Middle Easterner and a Jordanian.
He explained that speaking from Jordan, as a Jordanian, and as a Christian in the Middle East, Jordanians certainly have a sense of solidarity with Palestinians, but he underscored the fact that their solidarity extends to all human beings suffering unspeakable horrors.
“We feel for human beings in general. We condemn all the killing against the civilian people.”