The 50-day war in Gaza a year ago cost the lives of more than 2,250 Palestinians, 66 percent of them civilians and the lives of 66 Israeli soldiers, along with six civilians.
Catholic Relief Services is building hundreds of what it calls "transitional houses" throughout Gaza, where more than 10,000 homes were destroyed in last year's conflict.
Eco Catholic: Since 1681, Franciscan fathers have tended to eight of what are believed to be the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land.
The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas.
"As the number of people killed, wounded, uprooted from their homes, continues to increase in the conflict between Israel and some Palestinian groups, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the voice of reason seems submerged by the blast of arms," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said Wednesday during a special session of the council in Geneva.