Peace is handcrafted with forgiveness, respect, justice, Pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Peace takes hard work and must be built one person at a time working each day by forgiving others, ending injustice and stopping greed, Pope Francis has said.  People also have to do more to stop condemning those who have made serious mistakes and instead help those who are incarcerated, especially juveniles, to start over and return to society, he said.
The pope harshly criticized those who profit from wars being waged around the world.


"When we see that everything revolves around money -- the economic system revolves around money and not around the person, men and women, but money -- so much is sacrificed and war is waged in order to defend the money," the pope said. He said he knew an old priest who used to say, "The devil comes in through the wallet," to explain the evil of greed, which is why those who profit from war don't want peace. The pope recently heard a question from a child whose father was serving time in prison and a boy who was being held in a juvenile detention facility. The boy asked if the pope agreed kids should be kept in jail. "No, I do not agree," he said. People need to help those who make mistakes pick themselves back up "with education, with love, with being close." Prison is the easy way out for society because it is a way "to forget about those who suffer," he said.

Another boy asked why children come into the world with problems and suffer "when they have done nothing bad."The pope said he had no answer to that question. "One can only raise one's eyes up to heaven and look for answers that can't be found." However, people can do something by making sure society offers the needed medical support and by being close to them, he said.