Pope Francis called Christmas a “charade” when “the whole world is at war” during a mass at the Basilica di Santa Maria in November. His speech followed a number of notable violent attacks, including the terrorist attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of 129 people, the bombing of a Russian plane, and a double suicide attack in Lebanon in which dozens of people were killed.
“We are close to Christmas,” Pope Francis said during the speech. “There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes–all decked out–while the world continues to wage war.
The pope put the holiday season in perspective against the backdrop of violence that has occurred recently.
“It’s all a charade,” Pope Francis said. “The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war. A war can be justified, so to speak, with many many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be–a little here, a little there–there is no justification.”
Pope Francis also noted the innocent war victims and lack of education across the world and condemned arms dealers for their part in the conflicts.
“What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now?” Pope Francis asked. “Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognize the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it. God weeps, Jesus weeps.”