Pope Francis met with media

“War is the suicide of humanity because it kills the heart and kills love,” Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta, reports Vatican Radio. In attendance at the Mass was a group of about 80 people, consisting of relatives of Italian soldiers killed in peacekeeping missions.

“Today we have come to pray for our dead, for our wounded, for the victims of the madness that is war! It is the suicide of humanity, because it kills the heart, it kills precisely that which is the message of the Lord: it kills love! Because war comes from hatred, from envy, from desire for power, and – we’ve seen it many times – it comes from that hunger for more power.”

So many times, the Pope noted, always according to Vatican Radio, we’ve seen “the great ones of the earth want to solve” local problems, economic problems, economic crises “with a war.”

“Why? Because, for them, money is more important than people! And war is just that: it is an act of faith in money, in idols, in idols of hatred, in the idol that leads to killing one’s brother, which leads to killing love. It reminds me of the words of God our Father to Cain, who, out of envy, had killed his brother: ‘Cain, where is your brother?’ Today we can hear this voice: it is God our Father who weeps, crying for this madness of ours, who asks all of us, ‘Where is your brother?’ Who says to the powerful of the earth, ‘Where is your brother? What have you done!’”

The Pope prayed to the Lord, that He might “take all evil far away from us,” repeating this prayer “even with tears, with the tears of the heart: Turn to us, o Lord, and have mercy on us, because we are sad, we are distressed. See our misery, and our pain and forgive all sins, because behind a war there are always sins: there is the sin of idolatry, the sin of exploiting men on the altar of power, sacrificing them. Turn to us, o Lord, and have mercy, because we are sad and distressed. See our misery and our pain. We are confident that the Lord will hear us and will do anything to give us the spirit of consolation. So be it.”

After that speaking after the recitation of the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope expressed sorrow and preoccupation for the war that has been raging in Syria for the past two years, reports Vatican Radio. He observed that it particularly strikes the defenseless civilian population that hopes for a just peace and comprehension.

“Wars” – Pope Francis said – “are always madness: all is lost in war, all is to be gained in peace”.

 

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  1. One could think of it as a form of birth control, too. With seven billion people on Earth, it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.

  2. It’s not a birth control because people already born is getting killed. It’s an extermination.

  3. But people already born who get killed can’t have babies. Ergo, birth control.

  4. That’s true. Pretty cruel and inhuman don’t you think?

  5. I do, but that’s the nature of humanity, from creation up to the present mankind has been killing mankind. As the world continues to become more and more overpopulated, forcing people to live in closer and closer proximity, it’s only going to get worse until one day someone with a nuclear bomb sets it all loose.

  6. You are pessimistic! I prefer to hope in a better world, not to think in nuclear bombs. We don’t know what will happen. I don’t think the war is the consequence or the answer to overpopulation.

  7. Maybe I’ve lived too long, but with 24/7 news and any kind of information you could possibly want on the Internet, coupled with overpopulation, I think we’re going to see a lot more Boston Marathon bombings in the future. Nowadays the person who doesn’t fit in has a way to get those 15 minutes of fame.

  8. I’m sorry you see things that way. Maybe we cannot stop all the “Boston Marathon bombings” of the world, but I think there is always room for hope. I know something about that after working as a journalist in a place with terrorist activity and having my family in a war: the Balkans war. There is always room for hope.

  9. Oh, there’s definitely room for hope! However, I’m pretty much a Realist at this point in my life and the overpopulatio of the world, everyone living in closer proximity to each other, having to tolerate each other (or not!), and the Internet bringing everyone that much closers, yep, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Just reading through some of the comments in various threads and the hatred that is exhibited…… Yep, it’s going to get worse.

  10. You think it’s going to get worse. I think not necessarily. Getting closer through the Internet opened for us the possibility to have this exchange of ideas so interesting. I agree there are some bad consequences but as always bad things like hate and violence are more visible and good things like sharing and helping each other don’t make breaking news.

  11. Reminds me of m wise old grandmother in the 1960s. She subscribed to a tabloid called GRIT. It arrived every Friday afternoon and I eagerly awaited it. It was nothing but positive stories and things for the family to read together, things for children to do…….. Sadly, it went out of business in the late 1970s, and nothing full of only good news has taken its place. The majority of people don’t want good news. They want the bad; that’s what sells newspapers, magazines, and advertising, even in today’s world. Perhaps more so in today’s world.

  12. True. Bad news sell better. Unfortunately.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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