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Holy Land’s top Catholic urges ceasefire in Gaza, two-state solution for Middle East

 While conceding it’s not “realistic” to expect peace anytime soon, the top Catholic official in the Holy Land nevertheless has called for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and for real progress towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“It’s about time to go to the root of the problems in the Holy Land, not just find temporary solutions,” said Italian Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, on Jan. 27.

“No one, given the dramatic situation we are living, is ready to accept something temporary,” he said.

Pizzaballa, 58, made the comments to reporters during a recent visit to Chicago to meet local Arab Catholics. He said it’s “necessary now” for Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire as the first step to an eventual two-state solution.

“We need to address the problems at their roots, and find a permanent solution – a two-state solution,” he said. “Israel, Palestine, with Jerusalem at the heart.”

“I know this seems to be very far from the reality, but it’s about time to talk seriously about this perspective, otherwise a temporary solution is only a pause between one war to another war, and this is what we don’t want anymore,” Pizzaballa said, who’s led the Catholic community in the Holy Land since 2020.

Pizzaballa acknowledged it’s not realistic to expect peace anytime soon.

2024-02-08T07:00:22+00:00 February 8th, 2024|Categories: News|