American Magazine: Pope Francis today made an appeal for world actors to respect of the status quo of Jerusalem, in accordance with the relevant U.N. resolutions, and to let “wisdom and prudence prevail” so as “to avoid adding new elements of tension” in the Middle East and “in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts.”
His appeal is clearly addressed to President Donald J. Trump, who will reportedly declare today that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City in a reversal of almost seven decades of U.S. foreign policy.
The pope is effectively telling the president, without naming him, not to proceed down this road, warning that it can lead to even more conflict in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His message appears to be: Stop before it is too late. more …
Opinion: We are reminded that Pope Francis welcomed Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican on January 12, 2017:
And on January 14, 2017, on the eve of the 70 nation Paris peace talks, Pope Francis welcomed the first Palestinian embassy on European soil.
The Catholic leader has chosen Esau over Jacob Malachi 1:2-3.