The Pope Francisco advocated on Sunday for “free” access to holy places from Jerusalem, where in the last days clashes between Muslim faithful and the Israeli forces left dozens of wounded on the esplanade of the mosques.

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“That the Israelis, the Palestinians and all the inhabitants of the Holy City, together with the pilgrims, may experience the beauty of peace, live in brotherhood and freely access the Holy Places, mutually respecting the rights of each one”, the pope said in the traditional blessing “Urbi et Orbi” of the Easter Sundaypronounced from the balcony of the Basilica of Plaza San Pedro.

The pontiff also prayed for “peace for the Middle East, devastated by years of division and conflict.”

This Sunday, a dozen people were injured in riots between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police around the Esplanade of the Jerusalem Mosques, the third holy place of Islam that was already the scene of violent clashes on Friday.

These incidents occur when this Sunday they celebrate the easter mass and prayers for Pessah, Passover, and for the Muslim month of Ramadan in the Old City of Jerusalem, a sometimes conflictive center where the three monotheistic religions coincide.

With information from AFP.



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