The United Nations is the right venue to discuss the issue.
Answering questions regarding the persecution of Christians and other
religious minorities by fundamentalists of the Islamic State (IS), the
Pope said that “it is legitimate to halt the unjust aggressor”. And he
underlined the word “halt” pointing out that does not mean to “bomb”. He
said the methods used to halt the aggressor are to be evaluated. The
Pope also pointed out that in these cases we must not forget “how many
times with the excuse of halting the unjust aggressor (…) have powerful
nations taken possession of peoples and waged a war of conquest!” A
single nation, he said, cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor,
and he pointed to the United Nations as the right venue to discuss the
issue. Pope Francis also pointed out that persecuted Christians are
close to his heart, but he underlined the fact that there are also other
minorities suffering persecution, and they all have the same rights.
Regarding his availability to travel to Kurdistan to be with the
fleeing refugees, Pope Francis said he is ready to do so if it is deemed
a good thing to do. At the moment, however, he pointed to the various
initiatives undertaken by the Vatican, such as sending Cardinal Fernando
Filoni, writing to the UN Secretary General, and writing a personal
communiqué that was sent to all the nunciatures and governments in the
Excerpt from the Pope's press conference on his return flight from Korea on Aug. 18
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