Pope Francis, the vicar of the Roman Catholic Church, has stated that “World War III” has officially started because of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and that “there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys” taking part in this calamity.
This past Tuesday, the Catholic-minded America Magazine reported that the pope issue his statements to the Italian Jesuit Publication, “La Civiltà Cattolica,” along with “La Stampa,” a secular newspaper. The interview was officially made public on the 14th of June.
“The world is at war,” exclaimed Pope Francis. “For me, today, World War III has been declared. This is something that should give us pause for thought. What is happening to humanity that we have had three world wars in a century?”
The pope also seemed to suggest that the ordeal was not as simple as the world media would have you think.
“I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between good guys and bad guys without reasoning about roots and interests, which are complex,” stated Pope Francis. “While we see the ferocity, the cruelty of Russian troops, we must not forget real problems if we want them to be solved.”
In response to being asked, “What are your suggestions for communicating the situation in which we are living? How can we contribute to a peaceful future?”
“To answer this question, we have to move away from the normal pattern of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’: Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy,” he stated in response. “Here there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys, in an abstract sense. Something global is emerging, with elements that are very much intertwined.”
The pope also gave an explanation for why he thought that Russia had possibly been “provoked” into war.
“… a couple of months before the war started, I met a head of state, a wise man, who speaks very little, very wise indeed,” stated the pope to various European outlets. “After we talked about the things he wanted to talk about, he told me that he was very concerned about the way NATO was moving.”
“I asked him why, and he said, ‘They are barking at the gates of Russia. They do not understand that the Russians are imperialists and will allow no foreign power to approach them,’” recounted the pope. “He concluded, ‘The situation could lead to war.’ This was his opinion. On Feb. 24, the war began. That head of state was able to read the signs of what was taking place.”
The pope has been consistently praying for an end to the war ever since its inception and has been a vocal advocate for peace.