Pope condemns 'unacceptable' attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges courage to find peace

November 19, 2014 10:15 AM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is condemning what he calls an "unacceptable" attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and is calling for Israel and the Palestinians to take "courageous" steps to forge peace.

Francis told his weekly General Audience on Wednesday that he was greatly concerned by the "alarming increase in tensions" in the Holy Land. Two Palestinian cousins carried out the attack Tuesday, killing five people. Israel has vowed retaliation.

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