Pope Francis speaks on nuclear war and ‘the day after’ — Analysis

The Pontiff warned of a ‘final catastrophe’ that could ‘extinguish’ the human race

Pope Francis warned humanity that nuclear war is possible, threatening to invoke the threat of nuclear warfare. “start from scratch” in the event of a thermonuclear exchange and that the world’s attention is increasingly focused on a world-ending calamity.

The Pope stated this during Wednesday’s weekly address. “extraordinary”Technological progress “a future full of machines”While optimism is a good thing, we should not forget that the human race could take another road.

“On the other hand, our imagination appears increasingly concentrated on the representation of a final catastrophe that will extinguish us. What happens with an eventual nuclear war,”He said. “The ‘day after’ this – if there will still be days and human beings – will have to start again from scratch. Destroying everything to start again from scratch.”

Francis denied that he wanted to, however “trivialize the idea of progress,”He argued that “Flood”Images are “gaining ground in our subconscious” – a reference to the Biblical flood narrative found in the Book of Genesis.

Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis discuss Ukraine

The Pope did not directly tie his remarks to ongoing conflict in Ukraine, though public discussion of a Western-backed no-fly zone and the prospect of direct hostilities with Russia has sparked ample predictions of “World War III” and atomic annihilation in even the most mainstream of venues.

While much of Wednesday’s address was centered on aging and social corruption, Francis did later dedicate a prayer to Ukraine in which he referred to the “hand of Cain” – a Biblical character who killed his own brother – but stopped short of condemning any nation in particular. He had previously decried the conflict. “madness”And said “This is not only a military operation but a war which is leading to death, destruction and misery.” 

Criticized for not directly blaming Moscow for the conflict, the church leader was criticized by the Vatican, who argued that the Vatican’s public comments, which were made in the Vatican, are incorrect. “the pastor of the universal church,”Do not assume the tone and responsibility of “a”. “television news program.”

Francis met recently with Kirill, the Russian Orthodox Church’s head, in Moscow to talk about the conflict in Ukraine. “humanitarian aspects of the current crisis”How to? “overcome its consequences.”They agreed to each other “must not use the language of politics, but the language of Jesus,” and have a “duty to be close to and help all people who are suffering from the war.”

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