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Holy See: Pope Francis pleads against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem01:36

Holy See: Pope Francis pleads against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem

Holy See (Vatican City State), Vatican
December 6, 2017 at 14:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

Pope Francis called for Jerusalem's 'status quo' to be respected, when speaking from the Vatican on Wednesday. His address comes ahead of an expected announcement, that Washington will now recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

The religious leader said that everyone should be committed to respecting Jerusalem’s ‘status quo’ and that he hoped ‘wisdom and prudence’ would prevail in stopping further tensions form developing in the region.

Trump is expected to announce his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, paving the way for the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

Anticipation over the announcement comes after Trump failed to sign a waiver that would block the relocation during Monday's deadline, a move traditionally made by every US President since 1995.

Holy See: Pope Francis pleads against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem01:36
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Pope Francis called for Jerusalem's 'status quo' to be respected, when speaking from the Vatican on Wednesday. His address comes ahead of an expected announcement, that Washington will now recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

The religious leader said that everyone should be committed to respecting Jerusalem’s ‘status quo’ and that he hoped ‘wisdom and prudence’ would prevail in stopping further tensions form developing in the region.

Trump is expected to announce his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, paving the way for the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

Anticipation over the announcement comes after Trump failed to sign a waiver that would block the relocation during Monday's deadline, a move traditionally made by every US President since 1995.

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