Most of the Gaza population is made of youth, and most of them have never been involved in violent acts. But they pay the price of trauma for violence between Israel and Palestine over the years. Father Gabriel Romanelli, who serves Gaza Holy Family Parish, is on a mission to change it.
“Amid deep fault lines and economic, religious, confessional and political conflicts, we are called to offer our witness to unity and peace,” the pope said Feb. 23 as he joined 60 bishops from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at the end of a five-day meeting in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari.
As war continues to threaten the land of Jesus’ birth and to undermine the existence of Christian communities there, the international community must learn from the errors of the past and do more to bring lasting peace to the Middle East, Pope Francis said.