Vatican City, 13 October, 2023 / 12:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, condemned Hamas’ Saturday terrorist attacks against Israel, called for peace in the Holy Land, and said the Vatican is ready to help mediate a peace agreement, in an interview published by Vatican News Friday.
Parolin told Vatican News that the Hamas attacks were “inhuman,” and that the Holy See expresses “complete and firm condemnation.”
“We express our solidarity with the affected families, the vast majority of whom are Jewish,” he said. “We pray for them, for those still in shock, for the wounded.”
He also expressed the Vatican’s concern for the civilians in Gaza and the “men, women, children, and the elderly held hostage.”
“It is necessary,” Parolin said, “to regain a sense of reason, abandon the blind logic of hatred, and reject violence as a solution. It is the right of those who are attacked to defend themselves, but even legitimate defense must respect the parameter of proportionality.”