We welcome the news that a deal has been agreed for a four-day ceasefire allowing for the release of 50 hostages and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Christ, Prince of Peace,
hear our prayer and lament,
for our suffering sisters and brothers.
Our hearts are heavy as we witness lives torn apart,
as we see the faces of frightened children
and hear the pleas of those without water or food.
We pray for the dead and the grieving,
for the injured and the afraid.
We pray for courage and perseverance,
for those working for healing and to bring aid.
We pray for world leaders,
that they may strive for a just and lasting peace.
God of new beginnings,
in your ways are compassion and hope.
Open our hearts to dialogue and understanding.
Lead us all to answer your call
to become peacemakers
today, and all the days of our life.
News about our work in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel
We are devastated to share the tragic news that several staff members at one of our local partners operating within Gaza have been killed.
Our local partners are actively responding and providing urgent humanitarian aid to those in need. Your donation today will make a massive difference to those caught up in the conflict.
Calls from thousands of CAFOD supporters for the UK government to push for a ceasefire have been shared with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
CAFOD has joined Christian Aid and Church leaders to call for an immediate end to the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Today Pope Francis is holding a second day of prayer, fasting and penance for world peace, as the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continues to escalate.
We are shocked to hear from our partner at Caritas Jerusalem that a staff member along with her child and husband were killed when the hall adjacent to the St Porphyrios Church in Gaza was struck.
CAFOD launches appeal for crisis in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory and urges civilians to be put first
CAFOD has launched an appeal following the escalation of violence in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
We, at CAFOD, are joining the calls of faith leaders from around the world, including Pope Francis, who have called for an immediate cessation of all violence.
At a kindergarten in northern Israel, experienced teacher Nijme helps children with language delay to care for our common home.