Pope Francis urges Trump to respect 'status quo' in Jerusalem

Pope Francis speaks during a visit to the Notre Dame College in Dhaka

Pope Francis speaks during a visit to the Notre Dame College in Dhaka Bangladesh

"I can not keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days". "At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city's status quo, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions", the pope said, in his weekly address.

He added that he wishes "wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts".

Trump also plans to sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior administration officials said.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States recognises Jerusalem as its capital.

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Israel captured east Jerusalem, which is home to major Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, in the 1967 Middle East war.

"The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and humankind", he said.

The Argentine pontiff's call came a day after he spoke by phone with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, the Vatican said without elaborating.

"The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognising the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be", he said.

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A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmood Abbas described the move as "unacceptable".

The Vatican supports a two-state solution.

This irked Israel because his predecessor had always gone first to Israel and entered the territories from Israel.

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