Pope Francis backs military action in Iraq to stop the bloody persecution of thousands of Christians by Islamic State fanatics.
In a remarkable involvement, Pope Francis said military force could be justified against the murderous extremists of Islamic State in order to counter their ‘unjust aggression’.
Using force against Iraq extremists is justified he said.
Pope Francis while speaking to journalists as he returned from a trip to South Korea, specified that he would prefer military action to be backed by the United Nations. When he was asked if he approved of the independent American action on militants he said: ‘In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.
‘I underscore the verb “stop”. I’m not saying “bomb” or “make war”, just stop. And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.’