Pope: World War Three Has Begun

Pope Francis

(RightIsRight.co) – Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has stated that present-day armed conflicts around the globe amount to a “Third World War,” only one that is being fought piecemeal.

The pope was speaking during his general audience, and his comment was directed at the war in Ukraine – the biggest war in Europe since the Second World War – which was started in February by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Pope Francis was commenting on the dramatic events that led to the start of World War II on September 1, 1939.

“Tomorrow you will remember the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, which so painfully marked the Polish nation,” the pope earlier this week, reported Fox News, citing Vatican state media.

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

Pope Francis argued that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is part of a much bigger geopolitical conflict.

He characterized the present-day era as a “Third World War,” but one which, unlike previous world wars, will be fought piecemeal.

The head of the Catholic Church urged his listeners to pray for Ukraine. He also asked the Virgin Mary to support its people in their “daily choice of goodness, justice and solidarity with those in need, generating hope, joy and inner freedom in your hearts.”

More than six months ago, on February 24, Putin ordered some 200,000 heavily armed Russian troops to invade Ukraine from three sides, likely as part of a plan to restore the former Soviet Union.

Ukraine is roughly the size of Texas and about as populous as the state of California.

The surprisingly powerful Ukrainian resistance, coupled with the supplies of top-notch weapons by the United States and other Western nations, has frustrated the plans of the Moscow leader.

In the last week of August, the Ukrainians started their first major counter-offensive in the war, in which about 50,000 Russian troops have been killed in combat (up to 90,000 if mercenary and proxy forces are also counted), while about 12,000 units of Russian military equipment have been destroyed.