This Christmas will become some sort of a display when the “whole world is at war,” Pope Francis said in his Homily at the Santa Maria on Thursday. In reality, Russia, France and the U.S. are bombing Syria, killing people, innocent children included.
“We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes, all decked put, while the world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war,” the Pope said.
Indeed, elsewhere, countries participating in the fight against the ISIS have intensified their operation. London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the death of 6,889 civilians, including 969 women and 1436 children, due to bombing carried out by the Assad regime, warplanes and helicopters. There were also 35,000 civilians wounded and dozens of thousands displaced. Separately, hundreds of airstrikes conducted by the Russian air force killed 403 civilians, 97 children and 69 women.
In his homily, Pope Francis stressed that arms dealers are raking money from the war. “What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now? What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers,” the pontiff said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in fact, documented 42,234 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force alone from Oct. 20 2014 to Nov. 20 2015. Helicopters dropped 22,370 barrel bombs and warplanes carried out at least 19,864 air raids.
“We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognize the path to peace. A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be a little here, a little there – there is no justification,” Pope Francis said.
In Turkey, a four-year-old girl’s body was found washed between rocks on the shore, Daily Sabah reported. Her body was found by fishermen. She was believed to be one of the Syrian refugees whose boat capsized on Nov. 18. The network likened her fate to that of Aylan Kurdi who also turned up dead on the shores in September.