Pope Francis said Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a Catholic priest in France.
All religions want peace, it’s the others who want war.”
The brutal killing of the elderly priest during mass in France on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, has cast a shadow over Francis’s trip to headline a gathering of young Catholics from across the globe in the city of Krakow.
As Europe struggles to cope with the worst migrant crisis since World War II, Francis has repeatedly called on officials to protect the victims of persecution, while seeking to set an example by sheltering Syrian Muslim families in Rome.
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