Pope Prays for Peace and Reconciliation in Jerusalem

Pray for the Holy City to be a 'symbol and a precursor of the peace that God wishes for the entire human family,' says pontiff.

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Pope Francis on Saturday led prayers for peace and reconciliation in Jerusalem, where tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have mounted in recent days.

Israeli authorities closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday, following the attempted killing of a far-right Jewish activist. The Palestinian man accused of the crime was killed by Israeli police.

On Friday, the mosque was partially reopened.

"Today's liturgy talks about the glory of heavenly Jerusalem," Francis said after reciting Angelus prayers for All Saints' Day from the window of his study, overlooking a crowded St Peter's Square.

"I urge you to pray so that the Holy City, dear to Jews, Christians and Muslims, which has experienced several tensions in these days, may be more and more a symbol and a precursor of the peace that God wishes for the entire human family," the pontiff said.

This week's tensions in Jerusalem have been preceded by sporadic outbreaks of violence between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, in part focused around continued expansion of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian areas in the east.

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