During a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, Pope Francis said this weekend that the world's conflicts today -- with the kind of crimes, massacres, and destruction they involve -- could be called a "piecemeal" Third World War, the Christian Post website reports today (September 14, 2014).
"War is madness," the Pope said in the homily of a mass yesterday at the Redipuglia war memorial, where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.
"Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep," Francis said. "Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction."
War is irrational, the pontiff added. "Its only plan is to bring destruction: It seeks to grow by destroying," he said. "Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology..."