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