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Pope compares current conflicts to 'third world war' during Sarajevo mass

Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 01:24

Pope Francis says current armed conflicts are creating a 'third world war' that clashes with the aspiration for peace. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Speaking to a crowd of nearly 65,000 people in Sarajevo's Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis warns of a "third world war" that is at odds with peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSING FAITHFUL AT STADIUM, SAYING: "Even in our time, the desire for peace and the commitment to build it collide against the reality of many armed conflicts presently affecting our world. They are a kind of third world war being fought in fragments. In the context of global communications, we sense an atmosphere of war." The Pope also urges Bosnians to heal wounds left by the 1992-1995 war by striving for ethnic and religious harmony. In a country of 3.8 million people, Catholic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs share power in an unwieldy system of ethnic quotas laid down by a U.S.-brokered peace deal in 1995. Francis arrived in Sarajevo days after an EU agreement went into effect, creating closer ties with Bosnia as part of a new Western initiative to encourage political and economic change.

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Pope compares current conflicts to 'third world war' during Sarajevo mass

Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 01:24