Pope Francis renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over President Donald Trump's controversial Jerusalem decision

Pope Francis renewed a call for 'wisdom and prudence' over US president Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has sparked protests and clashes.

AFP December 10, 2017 21:26:44 IST
Pope Francis renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over President Donald Trump's controversial Jerusalem decision

Vatican City: Pope Francis renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over US president Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has sparked protests and clashes.

"The Holy Father renews his appeal for the wisdom and prudence of everyone, and raises fervent prayers so that the leaders of nations, in this time of special gravity, commit themselves to avert a new spiral of violence," a statement from the Vatican said.

There were fresh protests in West Asia and elsewhere Sunday over Trump's declaration, a move that drew global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories.

Noting that Jerusalem was sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims, the pope reiterated the church's "well-known position concerning the singular character of the Holy City and the essential need for respecting the status quo".

"At the same time the Holy See reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace, and guarantee the peaceful co-existence of two states within internationally recognised borders," the statement added.

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