One day after the savage beheading of a Catholic priest in France by two Muslims, the Marxist Pope Francis said, “The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions,” as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe.
UK Daily Mail The killing of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday added to security fears surrounding Francis’ five-day visit for the World Youth Day celebrations, which were already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany. Polish officials say they have deployed tens of thousands of security officials to cover the event.
Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland. Asked about the slaying of the priest, Francis replied: “It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this.”
After greeting reporters on his plane he returned to the topic to clarify that when he speaks of war, he is speaking of “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,” Francis said.
Francis then delivered a speech urging Polish authorities “to overcome fear” and show compassion to Muslim migrants.
It was a message that seemed clearly targeted to leaders of a nation that is deeply Catholic, but which is strongly opposed to accepting Muslim migrants, with fears running deep that Muslim arrivals could endanger the nation’s security and Catholic traditions.