Pope Francis has said that “Jesus weeps for a world at war” in his homily following the Paris terrorist attacks that took the lives of 129 people.
“Today, Jesus weeps...because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities," said the Pope, according to Christian Today.
“There are wars today everywhere, and hate...We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it.”
The Pope also said that the festivities of Christmas are only a facade when we are not pursuing peace.
All the "lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes...it's all a charade," Francis said. "The world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the way of peace."
Francis said that those “who make war are damned” and that “when the world is at war, as it is today. . .there is no justification.”
After last Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, the Pope condemned "this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred".
But although he has condemned the “useless slaughter” of the terrorists, Francis said that the response to these attacks should not be fear and that they should not prevent Christians from reaching out to help refugees.
“May the doors of our Christian homes be signs and symbols of the door of God's mercy, a door ever open to all who knock and desire to meet Jesus,” he said.
Publication date: November 20, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.