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Pope Francis: Arms Manufacturing Is 'Industry of Death'

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 07:09 PM

Outspoken Pope Francis is taking on the arms industry, lashing out at the "industry of death" — and condemning those who "live off war."

The remarks came Monday in response to a question from one of the 7,000 teachers, parents and children participating in an audience with the Pontiff, ANSA reports.

"This is serious," Francis said. "Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. It's the industry of death."

According to the Catholic Herald, the audience was part of an Italian initiative called The Peace Factory at the Vatican, and his condemnation of the arms industry came in answer to a question from an Egyptian boy who asked why some powerful people do not help schools.

The Pope said the question should be, "Why do many powerful people not want peace? Because they live off war: the arms industry," he said, charging the industry arms all sides in a conflict.

"When we see that everything revolves around money — the economic system revolves around money and not around the person, men and women, but money — so much is sacrificed and war is waged in order to defend the money."

The Catholic Herald reports the Pope's speech, which focused on forgiveness, stopping injustice and ending greed, also noted: "The devil comes in through the wallet."

The Pope's hard-hitting critique is his latest controversial remark. In 2013, he slammed unfettered capitalism.

Last week, Francis decreed that during a "Holy Year of Mercy" to start in December he would send out priests as missionaries who may offer forgiveness to women who've had abortions and doctors who've performed them.

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