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The Pope Prays about War and “Environmental Decline”

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

It is hard to tell if the Pope prays against human aggression or “an outdated model of development.”

When the Pope prays for peace does he want governments and other groups to stop killing and wounding others, or does he want carbon taxes, open migration, and a new economic system? I ask because it is not clear sometimes if he prays for peace to ask God for peace or if he wants the opportunity to plug some other issues.

The Associated Press reports, “Pope laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world.

The pope took particular aim at areas of global tension where President Donald Trump is playing a critical role. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has ignited new violence in the Middle East, while confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear tests has escalated tensions in Asia.

“The winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline,” the pope said in his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and to the world”) Christmas message and blessing from the central balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square. About 50,000 faithful packed the square.

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The pontiff also recalled children who risk their lives at the hands of human traffickers to migrate to safer lands […]

Read the entire AP story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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