Pope Francis Warns Against Third World War

POP Francis urged the worldto shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said “even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.”

The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.

Before arriving at the monument, the pope prayed privately among the neat rows of gravestones for fallen soldiers from five nations buried in a tidy Austro-Hungarian cemetery just a couple of hundred of meters away.

In his homily during an open-air Mass at the Italian monument, the pope remembered the victims of every war — up to today.

“Today, too, the victims are many,” fallen to behind-the-scenes “interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power,” the pope said.

He lamented that the human toll of “senseless massacres” and “mindless wars” has been met with apathy. Francis urged: “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.”

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3 thoughts on “Pope Francis Warns Against Third World War

  1. Let’s talk about his condemnation that senseless massacres and mindless wars have been met with… what did he say… apathy?

    We had this issue in Rwanda where our soldiers could not retaliate in the face of being egged on to retaliate by Rwandans killing other Rwandans in front of them. Many of our soldiers are now suffering PTSD because they could have intervened in stopping senseless massacres, but Rules of Engagement prevented them.

    So how exactly does one fight those who can only control themselves because they are forced by someone more brutal than themselves?

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  2. This comment from the pope is interesting because we have no documents indicating that the pope is endeavouring to bring in the Roman Catholic Church under “consciencious objector” status.

    St Augustine, coined the word “just war”. Would the pope endorse the idea of just war?

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    • Hm,
      I recall a debate some years back, that i was having via email with a Catholic over many predictable topics. (I’m sure, davinci, you will be able to speculate on what sort of matters!) In the process of the discussion, we got onto the matter of the persecution of the Cathar ‘heretics’ in the 11th/12th century period, and the ghastly destructive invasion of Southern France by the huge army led by the vicious Simon de Montfort.

      My correspondent insisted that the invasion was absolutely necessary, as the hated dissenters were winning too many souls out of the Catholic communiities. Sadly it amounted in the long run to little other than sheer genocide, and the newly incorporated Inquisition had a field day, searching out the faithful and dealing with them in the most horrible fashion then and for many years to follow.

      And so my mate stated emphatically that this war against a peace-loving and tolerant people just had to be defined as a ‘Just War’. When I inquired of him if he could direct me to a single historian of repute who would class it as such, he could not offer an answer

      Talking of the Pope and his endorsement or criticisms of the present situation, I recall reading how when town fortresses of the Languedoc like Montsegur were demolished and their residents, both Catholic and heretics, put to the sword, the then Pope celebrated with joy and praise. Noticeable how when the Invasion Crusade army was instituted and blessed by the Pope, he promised the warriors that they would gain blessing from heaven for their efforts, and what’s more, any improper action or sins that they would commit in the process, were automatically forgiven. The invading army was accompanied by Saint Dominic, who sadly (he said) endorsed the slaughter.

      When one of the offending cities was being besieged, De Montfort demanded that unless all of the resident Perfecti (the monk-like seniors of the Cathars) were surrendered to him for execution, he would simply kill all the inhabitants. Shortly after, it was reported to Rome, that some 200 of the Perfecti (or ‘Bonhommes’) in the place, simply filed out of the gates, and murmuring prayers walked calmly to the waiting stakes, and allowed themselves to be burned alive without complaint. The scene just astounded the onlooking Catholic army.

      So much for the contention that Gnostics didnt allow themselves to be martyrs!

      Cheers, Rian.

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