Following the Orlando nightclub assault, where a gunman killed 50 people, Pope Francis has condemned free arms circulation around the world.
The Pontiff on a visit to the World Food Programme, compared it unfavourably to the bureaucratic obstacles put in the way of humanitarian aid.
In his words;
“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.
“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.”
In his speech at the UN agency, the Catholic leader insists hunger can be eliminated by addressing inequalities and waste. Food shortage is not something natural.
According to him, the fact that today, well into the 21st Century, so many people suffer from the scourge of hunger is due to a selfish and wrong distribution of resources, to the ‘merchandising’ of food.
Though Pope Francis did not explicitly refer to the Orlando shooting in his speech, Yesterday, he condemned the killings as an act of “homicidal folly and senseless hatred.
A statement from the Vatican on Sunday said the Pope expressed his “deepest feelings of horror and condemnation” over the Orlando attack.
In the statement, the Vatican hoped that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.
On Sunday, a radical suspect, identified by US media as 29-year old, Omar Mateen, a US citizen of Afghan descent, opened fire at the packed nightclub in Orlando, Florida, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.