The Pontiff warned of a ‘final catastrophe’ that could ‘extinguish’ the human race
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Pope Francis has invoked the threat of nuclear war, warning that humanity would have to “start from scratch” in the event of a thermonuclear exchange and that the world’s attention is increasingly focused on a world-ending calamity.
Speaking during his weekly address on Wednesday, the Pope said that “extraordinary” technological progress and “a future full of machines” warrant some optimism, but noted that mankind could yet take another path.
“On the other hand, our imagination appears increasingly concentrated on the representation of a final catastrophe that will extinguish us. What happens with an eventual nuclear war,” he said. “The ‘day after’ this – if there will still be days and human beings – will have to start again from scratch. Destroying everything to start again from scratch.”
Though Francis said he did not want to “trivialize the idea of progress,” he argued that “Flood” imagery is “gaining ground in our subconscious” – a reference to the Biblical flood narrative found in the Book of Genesis.