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Pope Francis Hasn’t Repudiated the Catholic Doctrine of Just War

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Pope Francis visits Rome’s military cemetery on All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, 2023. Looking at the graves, Pope Francis said, ‘I could not help but think of today’s wars.’

COMMMENTARY: Recent papal statements are best understood as a passionate appeal for an end to violence, not a rejection of the long Catholic tradition on war and peace.