Pope Francis Comes Out Swinging Against Nationalism

Pope Francis Comes Out Swinging Against Nationalism

Pope Francis Comes Out Against NATIONALIST Pride

(DailyVantage.com) – Pope Francis addressed B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish delegation, for the first time since the pandemic took hold on Monday, May 30. As he began his speech, he talked about the organization’s commitment to humanitarian causes and the job they were doing to help those less fortunate. However, it’s what he said next that has received mixed responses.

According to Pope Francis, two main things threaten world peace: “particularism and nationalism.” He said forms of these beliefs are “driven by selfish interests and unbridled greed.” These constructs, he says, can lead to hatred, anger, extremism, and radicalism. Instead, he urged everyone to help each other. While the Pope didn’t give any examples, he did say it’s up to people to work to prevent violence and war from becoming rampant.

Yet, there is an antidote, according to Pope Francis: remembrance. He called on the delegation to look back at a story from the Bible, that of Cain and Abel. When Cain denied knowing where his brother was, he showed indifference, which the Pope says humanity needs to avoid.

He went on to talk about his interest in Jewish-Catholic relationships because of his childhood friends and called for continued friendship between the two religions.

What do you think about Pope Francis’ statements? Do you believe that nationalism is a true threat to world peace?

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