Monday, July 24, 2017

Vatican City: Pope Francis calls for “moderation and dialogue” in Jerusalem crisis


The site is one of several governed by what is known as the “Status Quo,” an arrangement guaranteed by the Ottoman government in the 18th and 19th centuries

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By Crux Staff | July 24, 2017

Pope Francis has called for "moderation and dialogue" during the unrest in the Holy Land after Israel installed metal detectors at the Western Wall/Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem.

Christians and Muslims fear the move violates the "Status Quo" which has governed access to several Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holy sites for centuries.

Pope Francis on Sunday said he was following the recent events surrounding Jerusalem’s Temple Mount with “trepidation.”

Speaking during the Angelus, the pope called for “moderation and dialogue” after several people were killed over the past few days, and asked for prayers that both sides come together with proposals for reconciliation and peace.

The violence began when gunmen killed two Israeli police officers at the site, which is called the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.

In response, Israel established metal detectors at the entrance to the area, which Muslims said was an encroachment on their rights.

The site is one of several governed by what is known as the “Status Quo,” an arrangement guaranteed by the Ottoman government in the 18th and 19th centuries laying out who controls aspects of seven sites in Jerusalem and two sites in Bethlehem.


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