FOX NEWS LATINO — During his tenure in the Vatican, Pope Francis has frequently found himself caught in the position of condemning fundamentalist violence without appearing to blame Islam itself.
On Wednesday, reacting to the killing of a Catholic priest in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray by two men who may have been inspired by ISIS, the Argentinian pontiff went further in his condemnation than ever before.
“Let’s not be afraid to state this reality: The world is at war,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Because, he added, “It has lost the peace.”
The pope spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland. “This holy priest, who died just at the moment that he offered the prayer for the whole church, is one (victim). But how many Christians, how many innocents, how many children?” Francis said, referring to attacks on Christians in places like Nigeria.