Pope Francis in his homily after just a week of the deadly Paris attacks says “God weeps, Jesus weeps.”
While addressing the audience on Thursday, November 19, the Pontiff in an unflattering appraisal of a world bent on war said, “Today, Jesus weeps, because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities.”
“There are wars today everywhere, and hate we should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it. God weeps, Jesus weeps.”
The Pontiff said, all the while the world looks forward to Christmas, with “lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes it’s all a charade. The world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the way of peace.”
The Pontiff was of the opinion that the conflicts around the world are “useless slaughters”, and continued saying that those “who make war are damned.” “War can be justified for many reasons. But when the world is at war, as it is today, there is no justification,” he added.
After all the bloodshed, devastation, and destruction; all that will be left is “ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers.” As a result of the last Friday’s noxious attacks in Paris, Pope Francis damned “this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred.”
Shortly after the attacks in Paris, the Vatican released a statement terming the attacks “an attack on peace for all humanity” while at the same time urging for “a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred in all its forms.”
Besides, Pope Francis also maintained that qualms about more attacks should not prevent the Church and western countries, from receiving refugees who are fleeing brutality and persecution in the conflict-struck Middle Eastern countries.
“We in the Church are called to be welcoming to all who seek to enter the fold of the Good Shepherd. May the doors of our Christian homes be signs and symbols of the door of God’s mercy, a door ever open to all who knock and desire to meet Jesus.”