Pope says we are living through Third World War

Pope Francis prays for Ukraine and recalls the 83rd anniversary of the Second World War during the weekly General Audience noting that ongoing conflicts throughout the globe constitute a Third World War.
By Benedict Mayaki, SJ

During the General Audience on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis recalled the 83rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Addressing the Polish-speaking faithful gathered, he noted that “Tomorrow you will remember the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which so painfully marked the Polish nation.”

“May the memory of past experiences urge you to cultivate peace in yourselves, in your families, in social and international life,” said the Pope.

WWII began on 1 September 1939 and lasted till 2 September 1945.

Prayers for Ukraine
Pope Francis also turned his attention to the ongoing war in Ukraine, noting that today we are living through a “third World War” – one that is being fought piecemeal.

He seized the opportunity to pray for the Ukrainian people, imploring Our Lady to support them in their “daily choice of goodness, justice and solidarity with those in need, generating hope, joy and inner freedom in your hearts.”