He said, "I express my great pain for the dead and wounded and I am close in prayer and affection to all those who are suffering".
"War calls war, violence calls violence", he said.
Francis has on several occasions expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indirectly criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital. "God have mercy on us!"
"I invite all the parties involved and the global community to renew the commitment so that dialogue, justice and peace prevail".
Before his closing appeal, Francis had greeted a group of Polish Veterans of War World II, who'd come together to mark the anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, which opened the Allied path to Rome.
During the cathechesis, the pope explained the significance of the white garment worn when receiving the sacrament.
Francis explained that in the early years of the Church, Baptism was also called "illumination", and the newly Baptized were called the "illuminated", following Jesus words that he is "the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life". He explained that is symbolized the fire of faith passing from the godparents and parents to the child. Christian education is a right for children.
"I repeat that the use of violence never lead to peace".
Chilean bishops summoned to the Vatican to discuss the abuse crisis have spent 24 hours in retreat at the request of Pope Francis, praying and reflecting on specific themes, ahead of their meeting with the pope today. "Do not be discouraged, because you have the power of the Holy Spirit so that it is possible".
Taiwan's Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference (CRBE) paid their first visit to the Vatican in 10 years, taking the opportunity to inform Pope Francis about the threat of diplomatic isolation posed by China, the Central News Agency reported.