By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/19/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Answering a wide array of questions, which included the proper response to the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by fundamentalists of the Islamic State in Iraq, Pope Francis said that "it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor." Returning from his history-making visit, Pope Francis told reporters onboard the plane that the word "halt" does not mean to "bomb."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pope said that methods used to halt the aggressor are to be evaluated, pointing out that the world must not forget "how many times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor (.) have powerful nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!"
A single nation can't judge how to stop an unjust aggressor, Francis noted, citing the United Nations as the right venue to discuss the issue. Pope Francis also said that while persecuted Christians are close to his heart, he mentioned the fact that there are also other minorities suffering persecution -- and they all have the same rights.
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Concerning the Vatican's relations with China, Pope Francis said he happened to be in the cockpit when the plane was about to enter Chinese airspace. He said he "prayed intensely for that noble and wise people."
As to his availability to travel to Kurdistan to be with the fleeing refugees, Pope Francis said he is ready to do so if it is deemed a good thing to do.
Issues raised during the trip included his take on the ongoing violence against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and about plans for future foreign trips.
The Pope fielded questions for about an hour onboard the plane following his recent visit to South Korea for the Sixth Asian Youth Day.
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