Strange! Pope Francis Differs On Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

In a move that has been described by commentators as strange, the Vatican has disapproved of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Holy See, who called for a return to status quo, insist that after the announcement it will take ‘wisdom and prudence’ to prevail in order to avoid further conflict.

Francis made the comments during his weekly audience, after speaking with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on the phone. He had also just met with a delegation of Palestinian religious and intellectual representatives in a pre-scheduled audience.

His Holiness said he was ‘profoundly concerned’ about recent developments concerning Jerusalem, and declared the city a unique and sacred place for Jews, Muslims and Christians that has a ‘special vocation for peace’. He then appealed ‘that everyone respects the status quo of the city’.