Pope Francis calls for Israel-Hamas ceasefire, more Palestinian aid
Why it matters: Francis' continued calls for peace and that the hostages be freed come as the war enters its 36th day.
What he's saying: "I am close to all those who are suffering, Palestinians and Israelis. I embrace them in this dark moment, and I pray for them a lot," Francis said after his Angelus prayers at St. Peter's Square on Sunday.
- "May the weapons be stopped: they will never lead to peace, and may the conflict not widen! Enough! Enough, brothers!" Francis said.
- Francis asked that "far more humanitarian aid be allowed to reach that stricken population" and called for the hostages to be freed.
- "Every human being is sacred, is precious in the eyes of God, and has the right to live in peace," Francis told the crowd.
- "Let us not lose hope: let us pray and work tirelessly so that the sense of humanity may prevail over hardness of heart," he said.
- About 1,200 people in Israel were killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 terrorist attack, according to Israeli officials.