Erdogan urges pope to help end Israel's 'massacre'
The phone call between Erdogan and the pontiff came as Turkey presses ahead with a furious diplomatic push to help end bloodshed that has claimed the lives of 197 Palestinians and 10 people in Israel since May 10.
The pope's messages were of "great importance to mobilise the Christian world and the international community", the Turkish statement added.
Erdogan, who has vocally championed the Palestinian cause during his 18-year rule, has spoken out repeatedly against Israel's actions, accusing it of waging "terrorism" last week.
"The savagery caused by Israel threatens regional security," he added.
The Turkish push for sanctions against Israel included a phone call on Monday between Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his British counterpart Dominic Raab.
Cavusoglu told Raab it was "essential that the international community should give a stronger reaction" to Israel's aggression, a Turkish foreign ministry source said.