Many observers have expressed concern that the conflict in Ukraine could spiral into a world war. However, Pope Francis declared during a recent interview that the conflict has already begun.
“We have had three world wars in a century”
According to the Daily Wire, Francis made that assertion during a recent interview with an Italian Jesuit publication called La Civiltà Cattolica.
Meanwhile, the Catholic-themed America Magazine noted how the pope’s comments were also covered by a secular Italian newspaper known as La Stampa.
“The world is at war,” Francis was quoted as saying. “For me, today, World War III has been declared. This is something that should give us pause for thought. What is happening to humanity that we have had three world wars in a century?”
Francis also said he is “against reducing complexity to the distinction between good guys and bad guys without reasoning about roots and interests, which are complex.”
“While we see the ferocity, the cruelty of Russian troops, we must not forget real problems if we want them to be solved,” the pontiff insisted.
When asked for suggestions on how people can “contribute to a peaceful future,” Francis said it involved moving “away from the normal pattern of ‘Little Red Riding Hood.'”
“Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy,” the pope explained, adding, “Here there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys, in an abstract sense.
Pope suggests western countries provoked Russia
Francis then recalled how before the war he had spoken with an unnamed head of state who is “very wise indeed.”
He told the pope that western powers “are barking at the gates of Russia. They do not understand that the Russians are imperialists and will allow no foreign power to approach them.”
“He concluded, ‘The situation could lead to war.’ This was his opinion. On Feb. 24, the war began. That head of state was able to read the signs of what was taking place.”
The Daily Wire noted that shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, Francis consecrated the two countries to “the Immaculate Heart of Mary” while praying for the violence to end.