July 24. Joseph Jackson raised the issue. “The history of the Middle East throughout the ages, but particularly in Israel since its independence in 1948, never seems to be able to end in a peaceful negotiated settlement. There continues to be constant fighting over the land, over Israel and Jerusalem itself. Is it a very deep rooted sense of ownership? Is it selfishness, an unwillingness to compromise and to share? Are these not traits in our country and in families too and are families not supposed to be models of good values? These are the values of God for every situation, for us grandparents too.”
“Return O faithless children” says the Lord, “for I am your master.” I will bring you to Zion and give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord and all nations shall gather to it to the presence of the Lord and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.” Jer 3:14-17.
Pope Francis: The Church proclaims the gospel of peace and she wishes to cooperate with all national and international authorities in safeguarding this immense universal good. By preaching Jesus Christ who is himself peace the new evangelisation calls on every baptised person to be a peacemaker and a credible witness to a reconciled life. EG 239