Pope Francis has said the world is already in ‘third World War’ being fought piecemeal, describing the current international conflicts as the “third World War.”
The pope made the comment during his usual general audience, where he acknowledged the anniversary of World War II’s dramatic beginnings.
The pope referred to the current era as the “third World War,” saying the overarching conflict will most likely play out piecemeal, unlike previous global wars.
Regarding the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, the pope said the war is only one in a much larger geopolitical conflict, noting that today we are living through a “third World War” – one that is being fought piecemeal.
“Tomorrow you will remember the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which so painfully marked the Polish nation,” the pope said.
“May the memory of past experiences urge you to cultivate peace in yourselves, in your families, in social and international life.”
He seized the opportunity to pray for the Ukrainian people, imploring Our Lady to support them in their “daily choice of goodness, justice and solidarity with those in need, generating hope, joy and inner freedom in your hearts.
During the General Audience on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis recalled the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.