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Don’t use the word “mother” to describe a bomb – Pope Francis

Pope Francis slams use of ‘mother’ to label US’ biggest non-nuclear explosive, http://www.smh.com.au/world/pope-francis-slams-use-of-mother-to-label-us-biggest-nonnuclear-explosive-20170506-gvznqa.html Milan: Pope Francis has criticised naming the US military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive the “mother of all bombs”, saying the word “mother” should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon.

The US Air Force dropped such a bomb, officially designated the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan last month.

The nickname was widely used in briefings and reporting on the attack.

“I was ashamed when I heard the name,” Pope Francis told an audience of students on Saturday. “A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?”

Pope Francis is set to meet US President Donald Trump on May 24 in a potentially awkward encounter, given their opposing positions on immigration, refugees and climate change.

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May 7, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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