Pope Francis requests prayers after Jerusalem violence

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This past Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for peace in light of the recent violence in Jerusalem.

Vatican Radio explains, "Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope said he is following 'with trepidation the grave tensions and violence of the last days in Jerusalem.'"

According to CNN, "Two Israeli police officers were killed in a shooting... in Jerusalem's Old City, just outside one of the world's most important religious sites. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said three armed assailants, whom he identified as terrorists, targeted police units in the area. One tried to stab a police officer, he said. All three attackers were shot and killed, and the area was closed off... The attack took place a little after 7 a.m. local time by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews the Temple Mount. The area is home to the Western Wall -- which was part of the walls around the Second Jewish Temple and is one of the holiest places for Jews to pray -- and the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven."

At the end of the Angelus, Pope Francis "invited all faithful to join him in prayer so that the Lord may inspire all sides to come together with proposals for reconciliation and peace."

As the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, it is fitting for us to pray for this particular intention of the Pope, joining together in prayer, entrusting the situation to Jesus's Most Sacred Heart.