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Pope Francis condemns Gaza deaths

18 December 2023

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The Pope has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of two Christian women who had taken refuge in a church in Gaza.

His Holiness used his weekly blessing to condemn the killing by IDF soldiers of Nahida Khalil Anton and her daughter Samar, as they walked to a convent of nuns in the compound of the Holy Family Parish.

Pope Francis said:

"I continue to receive very grave and painful news from Gaza. Unarmed civilians are the objects of bombings and shootings. And this happened even inside the Holy Family parish complex, where there are no terrorists, but families, children, people who are sick or disabled, nuns.

"Some would say 'It is war. It is terrorism.' Yes, it is war. It is terrorism."

SCIAF is calling for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages and for the violence on both sides to stop.

Please pray for the people of the Holy Land.