Pope calls for ‘moderation' following Temple Mount violence

Pope Francis prays for end to violence since terror attack on Temple Mount.


Pope Francis
Pope Francis

JTA - Expressing trepidation and urging prayers for peace, Pope Francis appealed for “moderation and dialogue” in the wake of recent violence in Jerusalem centering on the Temple Mount.

Addressing crowds who braved fierce heat to gather for his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said he was “following with trepidation the grave tensions and violence of the last days in Jerusalem.”

On Friday, a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab stabbed to death three members of one family as they sat at their Shabbat table in the Samaria town of Halamish. On July 14, Arab gunmen at the Temple Mount shot dead two Israeli policemen. The Muslim Waqf and the Palestinian Authority opposed Israel's decision to install metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount to prevent similar terrorists attack, inciting violence and riots.

“I feel the need to express a heartfelt appeal for moderation and dialogue,” Francis said. He invited the faithful to join with him in prayer “so that the Lord may inspire all involved with proposals for reconciliation and peace.”