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Pope Francis on Israel-Hamas war: ‘I urge believers to take only one side in this conflict, that of peace’

Pope Francis on Wednesday is urging the world to take “only one side” in the Israel-Hamas war – the one “of peace” – as he called for a special day of prayer at the Vatican next week. 

Francis, speaking to his weekly audience, said, “War does not solve any problem, it only sows death and destruction, increases hatred, multiplies revenge. War erases the future,” according to Reuters. 

“I urge believers to take only one side in this conflict, that of peace, but not with words but with prayer and total dedication,” he reportedly added. 

Francis also said next Friday, Oct. 27, will be “a day of fasting, prayers, penance” at St. Peter’s Basilica and pleaded for all possible efforts “to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” Reuters reports. 

 

As of Wednesday, at least 4,200 people have been killed in the war on both sides, including at least 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers and 30 Americans. Palestinian health authorities say at least 2,808 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,950 wounded. Thirteen American citizens are unaccounted for. 

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi, Peter Aitken and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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