By Nick Schifrin
BBC News, Athens
‘Stained glass ruined the last refugee camp’ Profile: Pope Francis
But the Pope also wanted to show that God – and the people of Greece – are there to help. “God here, God there, God in each person in every place,” he said. “We are all trying to avoid any ugly consequences of our desires to dominate.” Pope Francis believes there is a fundamental problem with our modern world: an overwhelming desire to dominate, coupled with a profound and deep-seated need to feel special. And in this way he believes that the pretence of a “world order” that controls everything to protect us from outside harm is a moral sin, as is the general failure to realise that the human urge for freedom goes beyond any national or individual boundaries. Pope Francis’s descriptions of history are arresting. “Everything destroys everything,” he said. “People here are calling for peace, and violence is saying war is good, peaceful countries are occupiers, that who lives by war is better.” Pope Francis said he saw in Greece the same strong tradition of hope that witnessed the conversion of the Macedonian people after his arrival in 1914. In a strange way, in confronting the alarming death and destruction of the 21st Century, Francis sees that history once again being rediscovered.
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