Pope Blames US And Europe For Deaths Of Children In Syria And Afghanistan
Pontiff hits out at 'rich western countries' on war and manufacturing arms
Pope Francis has hit out at the United States and Europe for the deaths of children in Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan, stating there would be no wars with wealthy Western countries didn't manufacture arms.
The Pontiff, who spoke in the Vatican to students and faculty from Milan’s San Carlo Institute, voiced anger that wars had occurred in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen because “rich Europe and America sell weapons to kill children and kill people.”
The Pope's speech blaming Europe and the United States for deaths in Syria and Yemen can be heard in the video.
“I’m sure you all want peace. And why are there so many wars? For example, in Yemen, in Syria, in Afghanistan. Why? If they didn’t have the weapons, they wouldn’t wage war. So why do they wage war?"
"Because we… rich Europe, America, sells weapons to kill children, to kill people. We’re the ones who make the difference!”
“And you have to say these things clearly, without mincing words, without fear,” he continued.
“And if you young people are not able to ask these questions, to say these things, you are not young; there is something missing in your heart that should make your blood boil.”
“Do you understand? We’re the ones who make the difference. Both with unjust economic systems and by building weapons to kill others,” he said.
“On the conscience of a nation that manufactures weapons and sells them is the death of every child, every person, and the destruction of families,” he said.
“We always have to ask ourselves these uncomfortable questions,” Francis closed.
“There are questions that will never have an answer, but by asking the questions, we will grow and become adults with unrest in our heart. And then be aware that we are the ones who make the difference.”
In February, Following his historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula, Francis announced to his followers that Islam and Christianity are to form a coalition, working together to promote "common values."
Upon returning from his Apostolic Journey in the Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates, the pope made the announcement that Islam and Christianity are to form a coalition.
Pope Francis proclaimed his meeting with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar and their signing of the Human Brotherhood treaty, which aims to spread "authentic values" throughout the world while condemning all forms of religious violence.