Pope Francis lashes at Europe: “This is not the time to be selfish!”

“This is not a time for self-centredness because the challenge we are facing is shared by all. Europe, in particular, was able to overcome the rivalries of the past following the Second World War, thanks to a concrete spirit of solidarity,” Pope Francis said during today’s Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday. “It is urgent “these rivalries do not regain force”, the Pope continued.

“We all need to recognize ourselves as part of a single family and support one another. Selfishly pursuing particular interests risks “damaging the peaceful coexistence and development of future generations”, he also added.

Criticizing the vast amounts of money spent on the arms trade, Pope Francis called for a solution to the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon. He said he hoped Israelis and Palestinians might resume dialogue, that the situation in eastern Ukraine might be resolved, and that “terrorist attacks carried out against so many innocent people in different African countries may come to an end”.