Speaking at a youth rally in Italy on June 21, Pope Francis criticized gun manufacturers and others who make money off the purchases of firearms, saying that these people cannot call themselves Christian.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” the pope asked the audience, reported Reuters.
He also characterized those who work in the firearms industry as hypocritical, commenting, “Duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
In the same speech, reports TheBlaze, the pope also attacked world leaders for not fighting off Nazi Germany more forcefully during World War II.
“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals. Tell me, why didn’t they bomb (the railroads)?” the pope asked.
This is the second time in one week the pope has made controversial comments, specifically directed in the political arena. Earlier, he voiced his support for measures to tackle global warming and largely blamed human activity for climate change.
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