- Pope Francis declared that “the world is at war” on Wednesday, a day after two knife-wielding attackers linked with ISIS stormed a French church and slit the throat of a priest.
- ”The world is at war because it has lost peace,” he told reporters. “This is war. The world has been at war for a while now … We had the war of 1914, then the war in 1939-45, and now this one.”
- This was “not an organic war, perhaps. It’s organized, but not organic. But it’s war.” He said the conflict was not “a religious war,” adding that “all religions preach peace — it’s the others who want war.”
– The last time the Pope spoke about the world being in a world war III he claimed it would be a peace-time war.
However, the beheading of a priest in Normandy has prompted a more direct reaction.