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Fears about the future of the world continue to linger following the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Wednesday morning’s retaliation by Iran. An Iranian missile strike on US army bases in Iraq triggered world leaders to urge for de-escalations following the assassination sanctioned by US President Donald Trump on January 3.
It has now emerged how the then newly elected Pope Francis warned about another world war in September 2014.
He said a ”piecemeal” World War 3 may have already started due to rising crime rates, massacres and impending ecological catastrophe.
Pope Francis made the startling speech while commemorating the centenary of World War I in Italy’s largest military cemetery.
The Pope paid tribute to the victims of all wars in his homily, standing at the altar beneath Italy’s fascist-era Redipuglia memorial, where 100,000 Italian soldiers killed during WWI are buried, 60,000 of them unnamed.
Pope Francis said “war brings only death and destruction” on Sunday, following the Angelus prayer.
Without referring to any specific countries, the Pope said there is a “terrible air of tension” in many parts of the world.
He added: “I call upon all parties to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control and to banish the shadow of enmity.”
The Pope then invited everyone to pray in silence for a moment for this intention.