Pope Francis said the world has already entered World War 3.
He gave the comment days after the Islamic terrorists slit the throat of 85-year-old Catholic priest Jacques Hamel in a church in Normandy, France.
Speaking before reporters while on a flight from Rome to Krakow, Poland, the pontiff said the world "has been at war for a while now."
"The world is at war because it has lost peace. This is war. The world has been at war for a while now," the pope said, according to NBC News.
He also alluded that the world is already experiencing the third world war.
"We had the war of 1914, then the war in 1939-45, and now this one," he said.
However, the pope was quick to explain that the present war is not a war of religions, saying the war is "not an organic war."
"All religions preach peace — it's the others who want war," the pontiff said.
He explained that there is an ongoing war of conflicting interests, war for resources and money, and war for taking dominion over nations, ABC News reported.
The pope's remark mirrors what the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad, Andrew White, has been saying since ISIS rose into power.
"I have been saying for a long time that World War III is here," White said on a Facebook post. "The terrorist attacks continue on almost a daily basis. We here about those in the Western world but here in the Middle East it is not news."
White urged Christians to represent Jesus and stand among the broken at a time like this.
Meanwhile, the pope condemned the brutal killing of Hamel. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the attack had a great impact because it took place inside a church, which was supposed to be "a sacred place in which the love of God is announced," News Corp Australia reported.
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