Pope Francis said Wednesday he was “very worried ” over the “ spiral of violence” in the Middle East after the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem , sparking protests on the Gaza border , which was put down by Israeli forces , who killed 60 Palestinians .

“I am very worried about the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East , and about the spiral of violence which moves us ever further away from the path of peace , dialogue , and negotiation ,” the Argentine pontiff said during his weekly audience at the Vatican .

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