Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war

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Pope: World War I should teach us: No more war
Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, as Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the western wall stands by, Monday, May 26, 2014. Pope Francis has prayed at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, bowing his head as he touched the wall in the same gesture used a day earlier to pray at the Israeli barrier surrounding the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)
Pope Francis, center, meets with the Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, left, and Abdul Azeem Salhab, Head of the Waqef supreme court, near the Dome of the Rock Mosque, in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, prior to a visit to the Western Wall Jerusalem, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 26, 2014. Francis has said his three-day Middle East visit is largely meant as a spiritual journey. However, both Israelis and Palestinians have been trying to harness the standing as leader of the world's Roman Catholics to bolster their dueling narratives. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, as an unidentified Rabbi looks at him, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)
Pope Francis hugs two good friends of his traveling with him, Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka, back to camera, and Omar Abboud, leader of Argentina's Muslim community, left, after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)
Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Francis has said his three-day Middle East visit is largely meant as a spiritual journey. However, both Israelis and Palestinians have been trying to harness the standing as leader of the world's Roman Catholics to bolster their dueling narratives. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Pope Francis greets Israeli children at the heliport of Hadassah hospital in mount Scopus Jerusalem, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as they meet outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where the pope met Bartholomew I in the central event of his Holy Land trip, marks the spot where Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I are greeted as they arrive to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where the pope met Bartholomew I in the central event of his Holy Land trip, marks the spot where Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres, review the honor guard during the official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April, and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pope Francis and Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew meet prior to a ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The two spiritual leaders prayed for unity at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
Pope Francis places an envelope in on of the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)
Pope Francis, center, looks at a model of the Western Wall during his visit at the wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)
ADDS IDENTITY OF RABBI. Pope Francis, right, looks at a model of the Western Wall with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, left, during his visit at the wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Pool)
RETRANSMITTING TO PROVIDE TIGHT CROP OF AJM101. Pope Francis places an envelope in on of the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives at the heliport of Hadassah hospital in mount Scopus Jerusalem, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Pope Francis, right, and Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, listen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech, during an official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 25, 2014. May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April, and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Francis called the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate "unacceptable" as he landed Sunday in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Pope Francis, right, talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres, during an official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April, and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, center, greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at the heliport of Hadassah hospital in mount Scopus Jerusalem, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts. The summit was an important moral victory for the pope, who is named after the peace-loving Francis of Assisi. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April, and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Pope Francis walks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where the pope met Bartholomew I in the central event of his Holy Land trip, marks the spot where Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Territorial fights have gone on at the Holy Sepulcher for centuries, with various rulers of the Holy Land transferring property rights back and forth to their favored sects. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.

Francis cited current warfare between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as in Iraq and in Ukraine. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he was thinking of children - killed, maimed or orphaned by war - who "for toys, have the debris of war."

"I beg you, stop. I ask you with all my heart," Francis said.

He cited World War I-era Pope Benedict XV's denunciation of the Great War as a "useless massacre."

Francis said: "Everything is lost with war, nothing is lost with peace. Never more war."

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