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Pope Francis proposes a ‘ban on all weapons’ and Twitter lets him have it

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Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, took to Twitter on Sunday to propose a “ban on all weapons,” which the Holy See suggested would enable us to live in a world of peace without “fear of war.”

But then, such fanciful theories seldom find solace on social media.

“Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war,” read the papal Twitter account.

The tweet calls to mind John Lennon’s antithesis of a call to arms, “Imagine,” where the songwriter imagines a Utopian world without borders or divisions, where there’s “nothing to kill or die for.”

“Imagine no possessions, and no religion, too,” tweeted Steve Deace, borrowing from the lyrics of “Imagine.”

The Pope’s tweet reinforces the “Pope Karl” moniker critics often hang on The Holy Father for what they see as his left-of-center, Marxist-inspired views of the world.

It also drew the obvious reference to the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the de facto armed forces of Vatican City.


Yep, it’s safe to say Pope Francis did not get the response he was hoping for. Here’s a sampling of other reactions from Twitter:


Tom Tillison


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