Pope: Euro­pean, U.S. weapons to blame for kids killed in wars

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis blamed Europe and the United States for the deaths of chil­dren in Syria, Ye­men and Afghanistan, say­ing Satur­day that wealthy West­ern coun­tries fuel con­flicts by sell­ing weapons in war zones.

Speak­ing to stu­dents and teach­ers of Mi­lan’s San Carlo In­sti­tute, Fran­cis said “a coun­try that pro­duces and sells weapons has on its con­science the death of ev­ery child and the de­struc­tion of each fam­ily.”

Talk­ing about the need for coun­tries to wel­come and in­te­grate mi­grants, the pope re­buffed the crime con­cerns gov­ern­ments cite to keep out asy­lum-seek­ers. For­eign­ers aren’t the source of most crime in Italy be­cause “we also have lots of them,” Fran­cis said.

“The Mafia has not been in­vented by Nige­ri­ans. Mafia is ours,” he said.

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