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Vatican City - Vatican Calls Israeli Teenagers Deaths Hideous, Threat To Peace

Published on: June 30, 2014 04:58 PM
By: Reuters
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Young Israeli women sit and read prayers outside outside the home of missing 16-years ol Natfali Frenkel, after hearing the news of Naftali and the two other teenager's Israelis bodies discovered earlier, in a pit in the West Bank village of Halhoul, near Hebron, in Nof Ayalon, Israel, 30 June 2014. EPAYoung Israeli women sit and read prayers outside outside the home of missing 16-years ol Natfali Frenkel, after hearing the news of Naftali and the two other teenager's Israelis bodies discovered earlier, in a pit in the West Bank village of Halhoul, near Hebron, in Nof Ayalon, Israel, 30 June 2014. EPA

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday condemned the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank as a “hideous and unacceptable crime” and a obstacle to peace.

In an unusually strong statement, the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis, who visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in April, was united with the families of the victims who were suffering “unspeakable pain”.

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“The killing of innocent people is always a hideous and unacceptable crime, a grave obstacle on the path towards peace ...,” Father Federico Lombardi said, calling the news of the deaths “terrible and dramatic”.

The three missing teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep against the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his security cabinet for a special session that could decide on stronger military moves against Hamas, which has neither confirmed nor denied the Israeli allegations.



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Jerusalem - Chief Rabbi Ashkenazi David Lau expressed his shock on Monday at the finding of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped over two weeks... Gush Etzion - Israelis throughout the country are united in grief following the news that the bodies of Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Sha'ar (16) and Naftali...

 

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 06:00 PM DavidCohen Says:

The Vatican has the guts to make the tough statement that the White House is incapable of uttering.

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 06:03 PM yaakov doe Says:

Quite a change from the Vatican since their silence from 1938-1945.

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 06:20 PM HankM Says:

Unbelievable, we heard from the Pope but still no word from our Trayvon Martin advocating president

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Quite a change from the Vatican since their silence from 1938-1945.

No word from you in what happen to Native Americans.

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 Jun 30, 2014 at 09:41 PM yaakov doe Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No word from you in what happen to Native Americans.

I'm unaware of any Jewish or Vatican involement with Native Americans except of Jewish pioneers marrying them and the Catholics trying to convert them. What's your point?

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 08:33 PM Next time say it at UN. Says:

Glad the Pope made the statements but it should have been said way earlier, or did the Pope, like the UN, think they were missing, not kidnapped? The UN has not said a word. Did they say anything when the Boston Marathon runners were bombed? They really thing their cause is justification to have children without limbs? The UN seemed to think so, and so it continues. UN fans it as they have no sympathy with blameless harmless kids.

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