“On this festive day, let us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land. Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached.”

Some weeks ago, there arose a crisis in nations especially between Israel and Palestine after President Donald Trump declared that Jerusalem will henceforth be seen as the capital of Israel. The Pope has therefore used this Christmas medium to pray for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when giving his annual Christmas message.

He said, “We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” and therefore prayed for the “peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.”

Praying; “May the Lord also sustain the efforts of all those in the international community inspired by good will to help that afflicted land to find, despite grave obstacles, the harmony, justice and security that it has long awaited.”