The path to peace lies not in "scandalous" weapons spending but in non-violence, Pope Francis said Thursday.
"Thanks to the commitment of non-violent leaders, some
peoples and even entire nations have peacefully attained goals
of liberty and justice," said the leader of the Catholic Church.
"This is the path to follow, now and in the future," said
"This is the path of peace, and not the one being proclaimed
in words but de facto being denied by the pursuit of strategies
of domination backed up by scandalous weapons spending, while so
many people are deprived of the basics of life".
Those with official responsibilities must adopt the practice
of non-violence both within their own individual consciences and
in the exercise of their public roles, the pope told new
ambassadors to the Holy See from Burundi, Fiji, Mauritius,
Moldova, Tunisia, and Sweden