VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis writes to the parish priest of Gaza reaffirming him of his prayers and support.
According to the Vatican news service, Pope Francis has written a personal message to the parish priest of Gaza, Father Jorge Hermandez, a fellow Argentinian. In his personal message to Father Jorge Hermandez he affirmed him that he is keeping the territory’s Christian community in his prayers. In his message the Pope offered words of comfort and assured them he was praying for them all.
On the other hand, Father Mario Cornioli, the parish priest of Beit Jala in the West Bank, had previously notified the Pope of the awfully difficult situation that the minute Christian community in Gaza and all the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are facing as a result of the bombardments aimed at trying to halt rocket attacks by militants.
While talking with the Vatican Radio, Father Cornioli said: Pope Francis’s message had given Christians in Gaza fresh courage and hope. All at once he added that the casualties are getting bigger as a result of the ground and air offensive with many wounded arriving in Gaza’s hospitals and the medical staff are struggling to cope with the influx. The priest urged the international community to do all in their power to help stop “this massacre.”