Pope Francis has condemned the Paris attacks, calling them part of a World War III he had been warning about since 2014. He said the onslaught that killed 132 is “a piece” of the “piecemeal Third World War.” He described the massacre as “not human” and to the point of being blasphemous.
“There is no religious or human justification for it. This is a piece of it,” Pope Francis told the Vatican Radio. “I am close to the people of France, to the families of the victims, and I am praying for all of them. I am moved and I am saddened. I do not understand – these things hard to understand,” the pontiff said.
Pope Francis had first spoken about the third world war as having already begun in September of 2014 in a homily at the altar beneath Redipuglia memorial. “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said at the time.
In June 2015, Morning News USA reported that Pope Francis had once again reiterated his belief that World War 3 has already begun, little by little across the globe. He said the many armed conflicts are “kind of Third World War being fought piecemeal and, in the context of global communications, we sense an atmosphere of war.” He further said that the war is fueled by players with ulterior motives. “Some wish to incite and foment this atmosphere deliberately, mainly those who want conflict between different cultures and societies, and those who speculate on wars for the purpose of selling arms,” he said. These people who sparked the war are oblivious that children, women and the elderly are suffering. War means “above all, countless shattered lives,” the pontiff said at the time.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. In a statement, the terrorist organization whose main goal is to reinforce strict implementation of its religion, said Paris is the capital of prostitution and vice in Europe, hence the attack. “The stench of death will not leave their noses as long as they remain at the forefront of the Crusaders’ campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war on Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris,” ISIS said in a statement posted online.