Pope urges world to shed ap­a­thy to­ward new threats

The Covington News - - WORLD -

REDIPUGLIA, Italy (AP) — Pope Fran­cis urged the world Satur­day to shed its ap­a­thy in the face of what he char­ac­ter­izes as a third world war, in­ton­ing “war is mad­ness” at the foot of a grandiose mon­u­ment to sol­diers killed in World War I.

Fran­cis’ aim in re­call­ing those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the vic­tims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more ur­gent amid new threats in the Mid­dle East and Ukraine.

Stand­ing at an al­tar be­neath the tow­er­ing Redipuglia memo­rial en­tomb­ing 100,000 Ital­ian sol­diers fallen in World War I, the pope 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.”

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