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Pope Francis Criticized by Italian Rabbis: A Diplomatic Tightrope

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Pope Francis Criticized by Italian Rabbis: A Diplomatic Tightrope

In Rome, after meeting with the families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas and with relatives of Palestinian victims of bombings in Gaza, Pope Francis found himself at the center of controversy. The Assembly of Italian Rabbis criticized him, accusing him of equating the aggressor and the victim and performing a 'diplomatic acrobatics'. The Pope had expressed his closeness to the suffering of both parties and condemned terrorism.

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Defending the Pope's Stance

The Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, defended the Pope's position, affirming that the Holy See has always condemned Hamas's attack and is close to the suffering of all. Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, also supported the Pope, highlighting the right of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to live in peace.

Pope Francis stirred controversy by speaking of 'genocide' in Gaza during his meeting with a Palestinian delegation. Italian rabbis expressed outrage over his remarks, while the Vatican press room tried to deny the use of that word. The situation has created a delicate diplomatic conflict.

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