Palestinian children suffering from malnutrition receive treatment at al-Awda health centre, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip 

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Apr 4 2024

Pope Francis makes his latest plea for a ceasefire in Gaza, and appeals for “tireless efforts” to end the Israel-Hamas war, lamenting the suffering of the civilian population.

Pope Francis made his latest appeal for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip during his weekly General Audience in the Vatican.

Reflecting on the war in the Holy Land, the Pope lamented the tragic news that continues to come from the Middle East.

“I reiterate,” the Holy Father went on to appeal, “my firm request for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.”

“I reiterate my firm request for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.”

The Holy Father expressed his “deep regret” for the staff members of the World Central Kitchen killed as they distributed humanitarian aid in Gaza, and reassured his prayers for them and their families.

On Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes killed seven aid workers in Gaza, who were delivering food to besieged Palestinians with the US-based charity World Central Kitchen. Those killed included three British nationals, an Australian, a Polish national, an American-Canadian dual citizen, and a Palestinian.

Appeal for exhausted and suffering civilian population

“I renew,” he continued, “my appeal for the exhausted and suffering civilian population to be allowed access to humanitarian aid and for the hostages to be released immediately.”

“I renew my appeal for the exhausted and suffering civilian population to be allowed access to humanitarian aid and for the hostages to be released immediately.”

“Let us avoid any irresponsible attempts to escalate the conflict in the region,” he added, calling for “tireless efforts to put an end to this and other wars that continue to bring death and suffering to so many parts of the world.”

The Holy Father concluded the appeal by calling on the faithful to join him in prayer for “the silencing of weapons and the return of peace.”

Pope Francis had also made a plea for a ceasefire in the Strip in his Urbi et Orbi address on Easter Sunday. – Vatican News