Pope Francis has once again appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militant group, as well as in other countries experiencing turmoil.
The leader of the Catholic Church hopes that all possible measures will be taken to end the fighting, which has caused significant damage to both people and communities, particularly in Gaza.
“I hope that all avenues will be followed so that the conflict can absolutely be avoided, the wounded can be helped and aid can reach the population of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is very serious,” said Pope Francis.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Israel on October 7, more than 8,000 people have been killed on both sides, including innocent civilians, especially children. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, 79 UN personnel who were conducting relief operations for those affected by the conflict in Gaza have also lost their lives.
Pope Francis prays for the calmness and clarity of mind of leaders on both sides to choose the path of reconciliation towards achieving peace in society. The Philippine Church is one with the Pope in praying for peace in the Middle East and Europe, where countries are experiencing violence, as well as for the safety of Filipinos who are still caught in the conflict .
According to the Department of Migrant Workers, 119 OFWs have returned to the country out of 185 Filipinos who requested repatriation. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is expected to provide financial assistance of 50,000 pesos to returning OFWs to help them start a livelihood that can support their families .
As per DMW records, there are 30,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of whom are caregivers, while one percent are working in hotels. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunter Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from Vatican News)