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Pope Francis: The UN “does not have the power” to stop a war

The United Nations does not have the power to stop a war, Pope Francis said in a recent interview with Argentinian news agency Telam.

In the hour and a half-long interview at the Vatican, the Pope discussed rebuilding society after the pandemic, caring for the environment, and the need for stronger institutions to prevent conflict.
On multilateral institutions Pope Francis said that while there was much hope in the United Nations after the Second World War, its constitution ultimately does not give it enough power to be decisive in deterring conflict.

The Pope also said that the Church must rethink its concept of “just war” to include more space for dialogue and mutual understanding.   

When asked if he would remain pope for a while longer, Francis responded: “that He may answer from above .”

The Pope did not shy away from letting his colors show with the Argentinean news outlet, citing Argentinean writers, poets, and tango songs throughout the candid conversation.