Pope Francis claimed that the conflict has evolved from a war to “terrorism” during his separate meetings on Wednesday with Palestinian and Israeli families who had relatives in Gaza and hostages held by Hamas.
Shortly after the talks at his home, Francis made spontaneous remarks to his general audience in St. Peter’s Square, stating that he had personally heard how “both sides are suffering” in the crisis.
“Wars have this effect. Here, though, we’ve moved past conflicts. This isn’t combat. It’s terrorism, he declared.