'The world is at war,' but religions are not, pope says on way to Krakow

By Junno Arocho Esteves

THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO KRAKOW, POLAND (CNS) — The world, not religion, is waging
a war in pieces, Pope Francis said.

it “is not at as organic” as past world wars, “it is organized
and it is war,” the pope told journalists July 27 on his flight to Krakow.

may think that I am speaking about a war of religions. No, all religions want
peace. Others want war,” the pope said.

spoke one day after the murder of a priest during Mass in a Catholic church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray,
France. Two men, armed with knives, entered the church during Mass. The
attackers murdered 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel, slitting his throat.

holy priest who died precisely at the moment he was offering prayers for the
whole church,” he said. While lamenting the priest’s death, the pope added
that was one of countless innocents butchered by a war fought in pieces.

many Christians, how many children, how many innocents?” he said. “We
are not afraid of saying this truth: The world is at war because it has lost

pope also thanked people for their the countless condolences following the
murder. He said this included French President Francois Hollande, who
“wished to connect with me by telephone, like a brother.”

Francis expressed his desire that young people attending World Youth Day in
Krakow offer a message of hope in a chaotic world.

always give us hope. Let us hope the youths may tell us something that will
give us more hope in this moment,” he said. 

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