Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Holy See's Address to Panel on Palestinian Rights

Monsignor Pietro Parolin, undersecretary for relations with states of the Vatican Secretariat of State, addressed on March 22 an international conference organized by the U.N. Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The conference was held last Thursday and Friday in Rome.

Msgr. Parolin noted that
This conference is taking place as the Government of National Unity set up by the Palestinian Authority on Saturday last, March 17, takes its first steps. It is surely positive that this government is the product of a compromise between the principal Palestinian political groups.
It brings to an end several months of severe, armed and violent conflict, which resulted in many victims, often innocent ones, among the Palestinian people who have already suffered so much.
The alarming and brutal events which happen so often among them
naturally give rise, in those involved, to recriminations and rage, leading them to thoughts of retaliation and revenge.

We know that these are not Christian sentiments; to give in to them would leave us callous and spiteful, far from that 'gentleness and lowliness' which Jesus Christ proposed to us as the model of behavior.

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