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Pope Francis has announced that the world is pretty much the grips its third world war. The leader the Roman Catholic Church said the spate conflicts being fought around the world were effectively a "piecemeal" third world war. Speaking a World War I memorial Italy, the Pontiff stated: "War is madness. Even today, after the second failure another world war, perhaps one can speak a third war - one fought piecemeal, crimes, massacres and destruction." He added: "War is irrational. Its only plan is to bring destruction. It seeks to grow destroying." He said the motives countries or groups going to war were "greed, intolerance, the lust power".

Pope Francis has made a number repeated appeals an end to the conflicts the world. He has focused on those Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and many parts Africa. Despite his anti-war stance, he has stated the use of force would be legitimate to stop "unjust aggression" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He called on all people to have a "conversion heart" and stop putting selfish aims those of humanity as a whole. Francis compared the pointless loss life in WWI to what is happening globally today. He said: "For each one the fallen of this senseless massacre, all the victims of the mindless wars, every age, humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep."

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