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Caption: Israeli soldiers wounded during an offensive in the Gaza Strip are evacuated July 23. Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip July 23 and said they were meeting stiff resistance from Hamas militants. (CNS/Reuters)
Israeli soldiers wounded during an offensive in the Gaza Strip are evacuated July 23. Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip July 23 and said they were meeting stiff resistance from Hamas militants. (CNS/Reuters)
Jerusalem patriarch: Don't punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas

By Barb Fraze
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

People might not agree with Hamas, which controls Gaza, but "we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas," he told Catholic News Service in Washington July 23.
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A girl walks past the site of a bomb attack at a market in Baghdad's Sadr City. The future of Christians in Iraq is uncertain because of recent violence against them, say church leaders. (CNS/Reuters)
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-- The Synod of Bishops general secretariat publishes the working paper for the October 2014 synod on the family. Titled "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the 24,600-word text paper summarizes responses the secretariat received from around the world to a series of questions on marriage and family life.


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