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World War III has been declared – Pope Francis – RT World News

The pontiff lamented the military conflicts around the world and said the Russian-Ukrainian crisis may have been “provoked”.

Pope Francis has suggested that World War III is already underway, as evidenced by “intertwined elements” at work in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and in other conflicts around the world.

“A few years ago it occurred to me to say that we are living a third world war fought piecemeal”, the head of the Catholic Church said in a May 19 interview with Jesuit media and published Tuesday. “Today, for me, the third world war is declared.”

Francis noted that while the fighting in Ukraine “more piques our sensitivity” wars are also going on in places such as northern Nigeria and Myanmar, “and no one cares.” He added, “The world is at war. This is something that should make us think. »

What happens to humanity that has experienced three world wars in a century…? You have to think that in one century, there have been three world wars, with all the arms trade behind them.

Acknowledging criticism for his failure to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his past comments suggesting NATO’s expansion to Russia’s doorstep could have caused the crisis, the pontiff denied being “pro-Putin”. He said such a claim would be “simplistic and wrong.”

“I am simply against turning a complex situation into a distinction between the good guys and the bad guys, without taking into account the roots and the personal interests, which are very complex,” he said. “As we witness the ferocity and cruelty of Russian troops, we must not forget the problems and seek to resolve them.”

Asked how Jesuit publishers should report on the conflict in Eastern Europe in a way that contributes to a peaceful future, Francis replied: “We need to get away from the common Little Red Riding Hood mindset. Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy. There are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys here, in the abstract Something global is emerging, with elements intertwined with each other.

He also cautioned against focusing only on “brutality and ferocity” of the conflict. “The danger is that we only see this, which is monstrous, and miss all the drama that is unfolding behind this war, which may or may not have been caused or prevented in some way. I also note the interest in testing and selling weapons. It’s very sad, but in the end, that’s what’s at stake.”

World War III has been declared – Pope Francis – RT World News

Francis praised the heroism of the Ukrainian people in the defense of their country, but he underlined the external interests which put it in danger. “What is before our eyes is a situation of world war, global interests, arms sales and geopolitical appropriation, which martyrizes a heroic people”, he said.

The pontiff reiterated his concern, first made public in an interview last month, that NATO may have been behind Moscow’s military offensive against kyiv. He recalled a conversation with a head of state, whom he only identified as “a wise man,” a few months before the start of the fighting. “He told me he was very concerned about the way NATO was acting. I asked him why, and he replied, “They bark at the gates of Russia, and they don’t understand that the Russians are imperial and they won’t allow any foreign power to approach them.”

Francis also warned that after many Western donors to Ukraine “opened their hearts” women and children who fled the country at the start of the conflict, support for its refugees is already “return to calm.” He added, “Who is going to take care of these women? We need to look beyond the concrete action of the moment and see how we are going to support them so that they do not fall into human trafficking or end up being used, because the vultures are already circling.


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