Pope Questions Whether Weapons Makers Can be Called Christian

Pope Francis has some harsh words for those who profit from violence and war.

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Pope Francis issued another condemnation of the weapons industry on Sunday, telling a crowd of young people in the Italian city of Turin that arms manufacturers shouldn’t call themselves Christian.

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he said. “It makes me think of... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?”

He points to events in world history, including “the great tragedy of Armenia” (which, in the past, the Pope has referred to as a genocide, to the great dismay and outrage of the Turkish government) and the Holocaust.

“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?” he said.

Back in May, Francis had made headlines for a similar comment he made, in which he called the arms industry “the industry of death.”