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Fr. Patton: Stop indiscriminate bombing on Gaza, life is sacred

“Everyone must cooperate to stop the bombing of civilians in Gaza. We must begin to consider the human person as sacred again, regardless of ethnicity, religion and personal status.”

As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues to dramatically worsen, with thousands dead and injured, including new-born babies, the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, OFMCap, has reiterated his plea for ending indiscriminate bombing on the Strip.

The Italian Franciscan friar participated in the 16th Day of the Associations of the Holy Land, which took place at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome on November 11.  The meeting, which is held every year, brought together the associations of volunteers working on projects in the Holy Land.

All human lives are sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims

In an interview granted to Vatican News’ Tiziana Campisi on the sidelines of the event, Fr. Patton stressed the urgent need to save and protect human lives, which, he recalled, are sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Places of worship must be respected    

Asked about the situation of the small Christian community enduring bombardment in Gaza, most of whom are currently sheltering in the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family, Fr. Patton expressed his hope that “at least places of worship are respected” and that Christians in Gaza can overcome this extremely difficult moment.

2023-11-17T22:12:55+00:00 November 17th, 2023|Categories: News|