Arms Dealers, Traffickers are World’s Harbingers of Doomsday – Pope Francis
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | June 12, 2014 1:03 PM EST
Probably feeling refreshed and well-rested after a 2-day absence from the job, Pope Francis blasted the corrupt, slave laborers, arms manufacturers and human traffickers during his general audience on Wednesday. He described people or institutions producing weapons of war are "merchants of death" and therefore the world's harbingers of doomsday.
"One day everything will come to an end and they will have to account for themselves before God," Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for his weekly general audience.
Those who manufacture weapons are not interested to learn or hear the word of God, Pope Francis said, because they "fabricate death, they are merchants of death and make death into a trade."
"They make a profit out of death."
Pope Francis likewise lashed out at those responsible for human trafficking and slave labour, and urged on all global families to safeguard "the dignity and possibility of a healthy upbringing" of all children in the world.
On the same day, Pope Francis promoted the International Labor Organization's #RedCard campaign which is an appeal to the international community to help safeguard children from forced labour.
He asked the global communities to help "eradicate this scourge" as he held a bright red leaflet, which had, in Italian words, "All together against child labour."
June 12 is heralded as World Day Against Child Labour, a day which Pope Francis said "meant to call attention to the millions of children forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, maltreatment and discrimination."
"When a person lives in evil, when they blaspheme against God, when they exploit others, when they tyrannize, when they live only for money, or power or vanity or pride, then the holy fear of God alerts us: 'Be careful, with all this power, with all this money, with all your pride, and with all your vanity, you will not be happy!' No one can bring money or power or vanity or pride to the other side. We can only bring the love that God the Father gives us, God's caresses received by us with love, and we can bring what we've done for the others. Be careful not to put hope in money, pride, power, vanity; this promises us nothing."
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- Australia Ranks 11th In World Ultra Wealth Report As 175 Aussies Amass $440B In 2013
- Highest Paid NBA Players 2014: NBA Stars Who Earn More Than LeBron James
- This Is The Lammily Doll With Freckles And Acne That Make It More Attractive Than Barbie
- Billionaire Money Habits: 5 Financial Habits Practiced By The World's Richest People
- Apple Inc (AAPL) Stock May Reach $150; First Trillion Company Talks, iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Boost Price
- Russia's New Tactical Nuclear Weapons Program Growing Confident Against the US: Talks of World War III
- Apple and Google Engage in Thermonuclear War, New Google Translate Chat App in the Works
- Walmart Offers the Best 2014 Black Friday Deals on iPhone 6, iPad Ai2 & Other Gadgets – Reports
- Update Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Sprint Release and Installation
- More Nexus 6 Problems Arise with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Poor Benchmark Results and Other Issues
- HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Delayed: Other Schedule and Installation Guide
- Israel''s Al Aqsa and East Jerusalem Issues Threatening Its Multi Billion Gas Deal With Jordan