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He said this, speaking on Thursday at a joint meeting of both chambers of the US Congress.
"We must ask ourselves why lethal weapons sold to those who are planning to cause much suffering to individuals and society? Unfortunately, the answer is, as we all know - it's just money. Money, drenched in blood, and often innocent blood, "- said the Pontiff.
The Pope called for an end to keep quiet about it and "stop the arms trade."
He stressed that it can "to minimize, and in the long term to stop many armed conflicts around the world."
It Pope Francis in the US Congress lasted 50 minutes. In it, he also said about the inadmissibility of manifestations of extremism, which can not be justified by any religion. In addition, the head of the Holy See raised the issue of immigration, calling it the desire of people to safer and better conditions of life. He stressed the need to continue efforts to protect the global environment, which must be preserved for future generations.
The Pope also called for respect for religious and intellectual freedom, and expressed support for the institution of marriage and family.
Pope Francis until September 28, will visit the United States. His program scheduled events in Washington and New York, including a speech at the UN General Assembly, as well as in Philadelphia.
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