Pope Francis: After a nuclear war, humanity would have to ‘start from scratch’


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Pope Francis prays for youngsters in Ukraine, March 16, 2022. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Mar 16, 2022 / 04:20 am (CNA). Pope Francis stated Wednesday that the image of Noah’s flood is “gaining ground in our unconscious” because the world considers the potential for a nuclear warfare “that may extinguish us.”“Our creativeness seems increasingly targeting the illustration of a remaining catastrophe that may extinguish us — what might happen with a potential nuclear conflict,” Pope Francis stated March 16.“The ‘day after’ — if there'll still be days and human beings — we should begin once more from scratch.”Chatting with pilgrims seated in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his live-streamed basic audience, the pope stated that folks at the moment “are underneath strain, exposed to opposing stresses that confuse us.”“On the one hand, we now have the optimism of an eternal youth, kindled by the extraordinary progress of know-how, that depicts a future filled with machines which might be more environment friendly and extra clever than us, that may remedy our ills and devise for us the perfect solutions in order not to die: the world of robotics,” he stated.But, however, there's the potential of nuclear struggle.“I do not need to trivialize the thought of progress, naturally. However plainly the image of the flood is gaining ground in our unconscious,” the pope stated.“In addition to, the current pandemic places a heavy weight on our carefree representation of the things that matter, for life and its future.”A litany prayer for UkraineThe pope’s words came on the 21st day of the struggle in Ukraine, at first of which Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces to be placed on high alert, raising fears of the potential for a nuclear conflict.Pope Francis stated on the end of the overall viewers that he needed everyone to wish collectively in the pain of the warfare, asking the Lord for forgiveness and peace.The pope then learn a prayer written by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples.“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners. Lord Jesus, born beneath the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, who died in his mom’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us,” he prayed.Within the pope’s messages to pilgrims from totally different nations, he additionally requested individuals to wish for peace in Ukraine. “This week we'll have fun St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church. Might he, throughout this month of March which is devoted to him, be an intercessor for the peace that the world so badly wants,” Pope Francis stated in his greeting to French pilgrims.The pope also requested younger individuals to wish for his or her friends in Ukraine who're struggling. He was talking during a quick meeting with Catholic faculty students from Milan, northern Italy, in St. Peter’s Basilica just earlier than the overall viewers.He stated: “I ask you to assume, let’s think of so many youngsters, boys and girls, who are at struggle, who at present in Ukraine are struggling. They are such as you, six, seven, 14 years previous. You will have before you a future, a safety of growing up in a society in peace. As an alternative, these little ones, even little ones, need to flee from the bombs. They are struggling so much with that chilly that it's there.” “Let each of us consider these youngsters, girls and boys, who're struggling immediately, 3,000 kilometers [1,800 miles] from right here. Allow us to pray to the Lord, I'll make the prayer, you pray with me together with your heart and mind.” The pope then prayed for “all the youngsters who're dwelling beneath the bombs, who see this horrible warfare, who haven't any food, who must flee, leaving residence, all the things. Lord Jesus, look upon these youngsters, these youngsters, they're the victims of the satisfaction of us, the adults. Lord Jesus, bless these youngsters and shield them. Collectively we pray to Our Woman to guard them.” Noah and the FloodIn his basic audience tackle, Pope Francis provided a reflection on chapter six of the E-book of Genesis on the flood that struck the world in the time of Noah.“The Bible narrative — with the symbolic language of the time through which it was written — tells us something surprising. God was so embittered by the widespread wickedness of people, which had develop into a traditional fashion of life, that he thought he had made a mistake in creating them and decided to get rid of them. A radical answer,” he stated.“It'd also have a paradoxical twist of mercy. No extra humans, no extra history, no more judgment, no more condemnation. And lots of predestined victims of corruption, violence, injustice can be spared ceaselessly.”Pope Francis stated that in trendy occasions, too, individuals could be “overwhelmed by the sense of powerlessness towards evil or demoralized by the ‘prophets of doom,’” which makes individuals “assume it might be better if we had not been born.”“Ought to we give credit score to some current theories, which denounce the human race as an evolutionary detriment to life on our planet? All damaging? No,” Francis stated.Pope Francis highlighted how within the biblical account of the flood, God entrusted an elderly individual, Noah, with the ta