On way to WYD, Pope says executions and terrorism are war of interests, over money, nature’s resources and the domination of peoples

July 28, 2016

“The world is at war” but what we are living through “is not a religious war,” Pope Francis told journalists travelling with him to Krakow. Fr. Federico Lombardi asked the Pope to comment on the terrible murder of the French priest.  “The word on everyone’s lips is ‘security’,” Bergoglio said, “but the real word is ‘war’. The world is at war, a piecemeal war. There was the 1914 war, which had its methods, then the 1939-45 war and now this one”.

“It is not really organic but it is organised,” Francis continued. “But it is a war. This holy priest, who died just as he was offering a prayer for peace. He is one person, but how many Christians, how many innocent people, how many children… Let us think of Nigeria, for example. We say: but that is Africa! It’s war. We,” the Pope continued, “are not afraid to tell the truth, the world is at war because it has lost its peace”.

The Pope then clarified:  “When I speak of war, I mean real war, not religious war I speak of a war of interests, over money, nature’s resources and the domination of peoples.”   “I do not speak of a religious war. Religions,” he concluded, “all religions, seek peace. It’s others who want war. Understand?” 

By ANDREA TORNIELLI for the Vatican Insider, on Pope Francis’ flight from Rome to WYD in Krakow