Pope Francis has been hailed as a hero for his role in bringing peace to the Middle East by saving the lives of four Palestinian babies born after their mothers were murdered in Gaza last month.
“The pope will save Italy’s justice system from its injustice,” the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Italy, Fr.
Angelo Graziani, said in a video message.
“This is a victory for humanity.”
The pope made a historic visit to Gaza on Sunday, which was the first visit by a pope to the besieged territory since Pope Francis was elected in March 2016.
On Saturday, the Pope and the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke by telephone in the Vatican.
In his address on Sunday evening, the pope said the Palestinians’ right to self-determination had been denied them by the “international community and the international powers”.
The Pope called for peace and security to prevail over “war” and warned against the “unacceptable” use of “mass murderers” to achieve their goals.
“There is no solution without a price,” the Pope said.
“When peace is possible, when justice is respected, we can build a new and better world.”
The Pope’s comments come amid increasing violence in Gaza and his own growing concerns about the fate of his nation.
“I hope the pope will make a positive change in the world,” said one of the babies who was born at the Gaza-Israel border, Ali al-Fadi, who was delivered by Cesare Lombardi, the Italian surgeon who performed the birth in the hospital in Gaza City.
“He is a very good Pope, he is a real hero.”
In the video message, Francis also spoke about his visit to Cairo and the Pope’s upcoming trip to the Vatican, in which he will visit several churches.
“Today, I hope you can remember me,” the pope wrote.
“We are here to pray for the peace and stability of our world.”