Pope Francis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss a range of global issues.
Among the issues the duo discussed included “conflicts in Syria and the wider Middle East, the importance of protecting civilian populations from suffering, and the importance of dialogue in international affairs to reduce tensions,” as noted by NATO.int.
“I am honoured to have met His Holiness,” Stoltenberg said following the meeting. “His wisdom and vision for a just and more peaceful world, as well as his appeal for dialogue and cooperation, should inspire us all. Especially in these times of increased tension.”
Stoltenberg’s meeting with Pope Francis comes after the rhetoric of nuclear war between the United States and Russia. According to NBC News the CIA is preparing to “deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging ‘clandestine’ cyber operation designed to harass and ‘embarrass’ the Kremlin leadership.”
The report goes on to say that the action has been devised to keep the presidential elections safe from being interfered with and “insure that Russian hackers can’t interfere with the November vote.”
“Another goal is to send a message to Russia that it has crossed a line,” the report adds.
In the FBI investigation of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of private server, which involved her handling government documents that were stamped classified, while the bureau said Clinton had been “extremely careless” no charges had been filed against her.
In a tweet, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had called for Russia to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” This led to the stemming of rumors concerning a “bromance” between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin that, according to RT, provided “the necessary diversion to distract attention away from the explosive content of Clinton’s emails, and to the fantasy land of “Russian aggression.”
“The Clinton campaign’s desperate insistence that Russia is somehow responsible for the hacked emails, which even the media has admitted it cannot prove, is forcing the outgoing Obama administration to act as if it is doing something about it,” RT further notes.
The meeting between Pope Francis and Stoltenberg came a year after His Holiness said he believed World War 3 had already begun, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
Speaking during mass at Kosevo Stadium in Saravejo, Pope Francis said the “reality of many armed conflicts presently is affecting our world” and that “atmosphere of war” was being fueled by politicians and people with ulterior motives.