Pope blames US, Europe for Deaths in War Zones
Pope Francis says arms sales by the United States and Europe are to blame for the deaths of people, including children, in such places as Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan.“The rich Europe and America sell weapons… used to kill children and kill people,” said the pontiff, in unprecedented remarks made while addressing students and teachers at Milan’s San Carlo Institute recently, the Associated Press reported. He said violence-scarred countries like Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan would not be witnessing wars if it was not for the arms. “A country that produces and sells weapons has on its conscience the death of every child and the destruction of each family,” the Pope said. The Pope also spoke about the need for countries to welcome migrants, rejecting any association between migrant integration and increase in crime rates. Foreigners are not the source of most crimes, the Pope said, adding “we also have lots of them (asylum seekers)” in Italy.
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