Peace is impossible without prayer

August 26, 2014

On the way back home from Korea Pope Francis had a traditional press conference aboard the plane for the journalists that were traveling with him.

Pope Francis when asked about suffering in the world and especially in the cases that recently shocked different nations, he said that he is a priest and he feels close to those who suffer. “When you find yourself face-to-face with pain and sorrow, you must do what your heart tells you to do,” he said. “You cannot be neutral before the pain of your brothers and sisters.” His closeness, he explained, brings consolation, not solutions.

While discussing his plans, Pope Francis mentioned his desire to travel to Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families, but, he said, nothing has been decided yet.

When asked about his relationship with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said that he visited him before his departure for Korea and they discussed some theological questions. The Pope also said he considers Pope Benedict’s resignation a noble, humble and courageous gesture. He also added if the conditions would be such, he would consider to do the same.

“Peace is impossible without prayer,” Francis said, “peace is a gift and it is important to show humanity in preserving it and it is impossible without prayer.”

“Today,” he continued, “we are in a world at war – everywhere!” Pope Francis then remarked on a comment someone once made to him that we are witnessing the Third World War.  “It is a world at war where these cruelties are carried out,” he said. “The level of mankind’s cruelty at this moment is a little frightening.”

Asked how he perceives his big popularity, Pope Francis said, that he is trying to think of his sins and his mistakes and that he will have to give an account for his life to the Heavenly Father.

Pope Francis concluded that upon his arrival to Rome he will visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major to thank Our Lady for his pilgrimage to Korea.

Vatican Radio

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