VATICAN CITY- Pop Francis on Saturday said that building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism is hampering peace efforts in Mideast.
The meeting was held at Adriatic port city of Bari.
Speaking at a summit of Christian leaders on how to promote peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis said, “Truces maintained by walls and displays of power will not lead to peace, but only the concrete desire to listen and to engage in dialogue will. Let there be an end to the few profiting from the sufferings of many. No more occupying territories and thus tearing people apart.”
Pope Francis also backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
He also condemned religious extremism saying many conflicts in the region had been stoked by “forms of fundamentalism and fanaticism that, under the guise of religion, have profaned God’s name, which is peace, and persecuted age-old neighbors”.