Pope Francis Warns of 'Piecemeal' WWIII
He marks anniversary of WWI in Italy
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Sep 13, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pope Francis marked the 100-year anniversary of WWI today with a bold statement—that the crime, terrorism, and destruction worldwide today essentially amounts to a third world war. The pope made his statement during a special Mass held at the Redipuglia Italian WWI memorial, where the bodies of 100,000 Italian soldiers are buried. Citing a passage from the Old Testament, Pope Francis warned that the world’s apathy was contributing to a third world war, fought in a “piecemeal" manner.