Vatican insists again that Jerusalem belongs to 'all humanity'
A statement from the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has again reminded Israelis and Palestinians that Jerusalem's spiritual patrimony belongs to the whole of humanity.
The communication follows a similar sentiment expressed by the Pope following the outbreak of violence in September. The new statement, signed by the Council's President Cardinal Francis Arinze, refers to 'the importance of the Holy City of Jerusalem for Jews, Christians and Muslims'. It expresses solidarity with 'all who have lost members of their families, and with all those who continue to suffer'.
It says: "We appeal to the Jewish and Palestinian people to forgo violence and to take up once again that dialogue, which is the only way to true peace."