Pope Francis’ Private Meeting with Israeli and Palestinian Men: A Call for Peace and Unity in the Face of Loss

Pontiff displays improved health, commends Israeli and Arab fathers who lost children in conflict

Pope Francis met with two men, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, who had both lost their daughters in the Middle East conflict at a private meeting before his weekly general audience. The pope delivered his speech with a clear voice and walked in on his own with a cane. This was his first public event since Palm Sunday Mass, where he chose to skip his homily due to health concerns. He has faced difficulties in walking and has experienced breathlessness during public events recently.

As he discussed the virtue of patience during the audience, Pope Francis made an appeal for peace and an end to ongoing conflicts. He shared the story of these two men whose friendship transcended their differences despite the loss they experienced. Their story was chronicled in the book “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann.

The pope’s message of peace and reconciliation was evident throughout his address as he admired the ability of these two individuals to move past enmity of war and focus on their shared experiences of loss. At the end of his speech, he warmly greeted them and congratulated them on their friendship.

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