by Geoffrey Grider
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Pope’s personal protection army, known as the Vatican Swiss Guard, all carry the SIG SG550 rifle. This 5.56mm NATO select-fire rifle has a 20.8-inch barrel and is one of the most accurate and reliable modern combat rifles. Its 30-round clear lexan magazines clip together like ‘jungle mag’ style for rapid exchanges. The Guard owns both the standard StW90 rifle variant and the SG 552 Commando model (with 8.9-inch barrel, 19.8-inches overall with stock folded). With the Swiss military tradition of marksmanship, it’s guaranteed that these soldiers can use them if needed. So shall we assume that none of the Vatican Swiss Guard, who all pack heat, would be Christians according to Pope Francis?
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At a rally of young people in Turin, Pope Francis issues his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, criticising investors as well as workers
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long commentary about war, trust and politics, after putting aside his prepared address.
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“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”