Followed by recent terror strike at a church in France, when two knife-wielding attackers broke into a church during mass and held people hostage. They forced 86-year-old priest Jacques Hamel to his knees and slit his throat on Tuesday, July 26. Distraught by the cold-blooded killing of the priest, Pope Francis said we are at war.
Expressing deep sorrow over the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass at a French church, he said the world is at war, nevertheless it’s not a war of religions. “It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this,” he said. In an attempt to evade any misunderstanding of his stance on war, he said, “I only want to clarify that, when I speak of war, I am really speaking of war,” he said.
“A war of interests, for money, resources, dominion of peoples. I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war, the others want war.” At the same time, he stated his previous remarks when he said the current escalating violence can be likened to World War III in “segments.”
Followed by the incident the Pontiff face huge security concerns surrounding his five-day visit of Poland to celebrate World Youth Day in Krakow. However, he kept on encouraging European countries to take in refugees from war struck countries, and bear the encumbrance with “courage” and “compassion.”