On Sunday, Pope Francis launched a heartfelt appeal for an end to armed conflicts and a firm condemnation of war as “a crime against humanity.”
“War itself is a crime against humanity. People need peace. The world needs peace,” said the Pope at the Sunday Angelus prayer.
He also mentioned a program he had seen on an Italian TV channel just minutes before, in which the Vicar of the Custody of the Holy Land appeared as a guest.
Fr. Ibrahim Faltas had spoken about the need to “educate for peace.”
The Pope agreed with him, and relaunched the Franciscan friar’s appeal.
“We must educate for peace,” he said. “It seems that we are not yet—all of humanity—with a sufficient education to stop every war. Let us always pray for this grace: to educate for peace.”