In an interview given to that media outlet, the Supreme Pontiff stated that “I will not tire of repeating my appeal, directed especially to those with political responsibilities. “Stop the bombs and missiles immediately; put an end to bad habits.”
Francis also affirmed that “war is always and only a loss for everyone. The only ones who benefit are the manufacturers and dealers of arms.”
He talked about the war conflicts that are currently happening in the world, especially what is happening in Ukraine between that country and Russia, as well as the war in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine, which has serious consequences.
In relation to the latter, he indicated that he was afraid of an increase in the military because now “it is expanding dramatically” and considered that “the tensions and violence that already mark the planet could worsen.”
He stated that, “at the same time, this time I developed a little hope, because confidential meetings were held to try to reach an agreement,” and he estimated that “a stop would be a good result.”
However, if the Oslo agreement on the two-state solution is not implemented, “real peace will continue to be a long way off,” he said.
Regarding the role played by the Catholic Church in trying to stop this war in which, as a result of the Israeli bombardment against the Gaza Strip, about 26 thousand Palestinians have already died, he indicated that “an important figure is Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Patriarch of Jerusalem,” who “resolutely tried to mediate.”
Regarding the Vatican’s efforts regarding the conflict in Ukraine, he recalled that “I entrusted the task of this complex and delicate mission to Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference,” who, according to him, was “good and expert” and made diplomatic efforts to “build a climate of reconciliation.”
In a question about the pillars on which, in his opinion, world peace can be built, the Pope emphasized that “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue!, and then the search for the spirit of unity and human brotherhood” because “we can’t do it anymore. Let’s kill each other between brothers! There’s no sense!”