Pope Francis says “World War Three has been declared”
Blames NATO for Ukraine conflict
The Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis has said that World War Three has been declared. The Pope made the remark in a May interview with several Jesuit media outlets published Tuesday.
“A few years ago, it occurred to me to say that we are experiencing World War 3 in bits and pieces. Here, for me today World War 3 has already been declared,” Francis said at a meeting with Jesuit editors. “And this is an aspect that should make us reflect. What is happening to humanity that has had three world wars in a century? And this is bad for humanity, it’s a calamity,”
The pontiff noted that while the world remembers Ukraine, there are little forgotten wars spanning the globe, pointing to Africa, the Middle East, northern Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Somalia. “Where war is still raging, and no one cares. Think of Rwanda 25 years ago. Think of Myanmar and the Rohingya. The world is at war. Pope Francis admitted.
Asked if he supported President Vladimir Putin. He responded. “No, I am not, I am simply opposed to reducing complexity to distinction between good and bad”. Condemning the “brutality and ferocity” he again suggested that NATO expansion eastwards was to blame including the underlying motive of selling and buying arms.
“A couple of months before the war started I met a head of state, a wise man, who speaks very little, very wise indeed,” Francis told the magazine. “He told me that he was very concerned about the way NATO was moving.
“I asked him why, and he said, ‘They are barking at the gates of Russia. They do not understand that the Russians are imperialists and will allow no foreign power to approach them.'”
Over the past 20 years NATO has expanded to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia threatening Russia. Which the Kremlin warned against. Pope Francis made it clear he was not in support of Putin and war.
“I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between good guys and bad guys without reasoning about roots and interests, which are very complex. While we see the ferocity, the cruelty of Russian troops, we must not forget the real problems if we want them to be solved.”
Source Vatican News Agency
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