Pope: Weapon manufacturers cannot call themselves Christians

Pope Francis criticizes weapon manufacturers, saying they do not qualify as Christians

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

During his two-day pastoral visit of Turin, Italy, on Sunday, Pope Francis asserted that people who manufacture weapons or invest in the weapon industry are hypocrites and they cannot call themselves Christians.

At a rally in which he addressed thousands, the Pope condemned the weapons industry. He said "It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?"

The Pope also criticised those who invest in the weapons industry.

The “Bishop of Rome” openly criticised weapon trade at such a level for the first time, and supported his argument by giving several examples of tragedies linked to weapon use, such as the “Shoah”, the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.

He also asked why the allies did not bomb the railway lines to Auschwitz, although the “great powers” had the images of the tracks which lead to the camps in which Jews, Christians and homosexuals were killed.

He also mentioned World War One, and referenced the “great tragedy of Armenia” without using the word “genocide.”

Pope Francis had sparked criticism in April, when he called the so-called massacre of Armenians, “the first genocide of the 20th century” driving Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador.

Argentinian Pope Francis, who happens to be the first Jesuit pope, elected at the age of 76, offers a less-doctrinal tone of papacy and advocates for the Church to be more open and welcoming.

TRTWorld and agencies