Pope hits out at ‘brazen’ free circulation of arms - Vanguard TrendyVoice

13 June 2016

Pope hits out at ‘brazen’ free circulation of arms - Vanguard

Pope Francis on Monday hit out at the
"brazen" free circulation of arms
worldwide, a day after a gunman used an
assault rifle to kill 50 people in an Orlando
gay nightclub.
On a visit to the headquarters of the World Food
Programme (WFP), the pontiff contrasted the
ease of obtaining lethal weapons with the
bureaucratic obstacles often encountered by
organisations trying to deliver humanitarian aid.

"Whereas forms of aid and development projects
are obstructed by involved and comprehensible
political decisions, skewed ideological visions and
impenetrable customs barriers, weaponry is not,"
Francis said.

"It makes no difference where arms come from;
they circulate with brazen and virtually absolute
freedom in many parts of the world.

"As a result, wars are fed, not people."
Francis did not explicitly refer to the Orlando
shooting in his speech at the UN agency. On
Sunday he condemned the killings as an act of
"homicidal folly and senseless hatred."

Global hunger and opposition to the arms trade
have been recurring themes in Francis's
pronouncements since he became the first pope
from the southern hemisphere in 2013.
The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics
insists hunger can be eliminated by addressing
inequalities and waste.

"Food shortage is not something natural," he said
Monday. "That fact that today, well into the 21st
Century, so many people suffer from this scourge
is due to a selfish and wrong distribution of
resources, to the 'merchandising' of food."

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