In particular, he stressed that without weapons sold by Western countries, “there would be no war” and that migrants “bring wealth” to Europe.Pope Benedict accused Europe and the United States of killing children in Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan on Saturday, pointing out that the rich countries of the West are fueling the conflict by selling weapons in war zones.
Speaking to students and teachers of the San Carlo Institute in Milan, the pope said that if there are so many wars in the world, it is because “the rich countries of Europe and America sell weapons … to kill children and kill people. ” Without such weapons, “there would be no war” in countries like Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria, he said.
“A country that manufactures and sells weapons is aware of the death of all children and the destruction of every family,” said the pope.
“Migrants are a wealth”
Speaking on the need for countries to receive and integrate migrants, the pope, accustomed to controversial statements, refuted concerns over the rise in crime alleged by governments to prevent the entry of asylum seekers.
“Migrants bring us wealth because Europe was created by migrants,” he said.