VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, tackling conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine in his yearly address to diplomats, said on Monday that “indiscriminately striking” civilians is a war crime because it violates international humanitarian law.
Francis, 87, made his comments in a 45-minute address to Vatican-accredited envoys from 184 countries that is sometimes called his “state of the world” speech.
In it, he also talked about conflicts in Africa and Asia, migration crises in the US and Latin America, climate change, and the persecution of Christians.

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