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Pope Francis gives his blessing at the end of the recitation of the Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 11, 2024. On March 3, he renewed his call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza while while speaking to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
At the noon prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis called for a cease-fire and for “the continuation of negotiations” to bring about the release of hostages taken by Hamas and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Americans should be against killing Israelis but also against killing Palestinians,” the political activist Mustafa Barghouti said in an interview with Gerard O’Connell.
Pope Francis meets relatives of hostages taken from Israel by Hamas militants in his residence at the Vatican on Nov. 22, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithShort Take
David Neuhaus, S.J.Guy Alaluf
One might criticize Pope Francis' statements about the war in Gaza, but they should not be confused with the question of the Catholic Church’s relationship with the Jewish people.
Palestinians walk through the destruction left by the Israeli air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip in Gaza City on Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hajjar)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
“The struggle to secure our daily bread is exhausting. There is a shortage of everything. Nutritious food is non-existent. We have run out of medications and vitamins.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his plane at an airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)
Politics & SocietyThe Weekly Dispatch
Kevin Clarke
What happens in the aftermath of the I.D.F.’s Rafah assault remains hard to discern. Where do the Palestinians go next? How will they live? How will they be fed and sheltered?
Palestinians arrive in the southern Gaza town of Rafah after fleeing an Israeli ground and air offensive in the nearby city of Khan Younis on Jan. 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Mohammed Abu-Nimer
Many in the Arab and Muslim communities are distressed that interfaith leaders and organizations seem unable to take a clear moral and ethical stand against the war on Gaza.