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Threat to kids, other innocents in Iraq spur Catholic debate on warfare

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“Never war! Never war!”

Those were the words of Pope Francis very recently, marking the centennial of the outbreak of the cataclysmic First World War. “I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future, are dashed.”

But sometimes, according to Roman Catholic doctrine, thinking about the children and other innocent victims means thinking about the use of warfare to protect them.

And a top Vatican diplomat and other church officials say that could be…

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