Pope Francis gave his usual paean to pacifism in his message for World Peace Day. In his message he made this statement:
Nor can we forget the eventful decade that ended with the fall of Communist regimes in Europe. The Christian communities made their own contribution by their insistent prayer and courageous action. Particularly influential were the ministry and teaching of Saint John Paul II. Reflecting on the events of 1989 in his 1991 Encyclical Centesimus Annus, my predecessor highlighted the fact that momentous change in the lives of people, nations and states had come about “by means of peaceful protest, using only the weapons of truth and justice”. This peaceful political transition was made possible in part “by the non-violent commitment of people who, while always refusing to yield to the force of power, succeeded time after time in finding effective ways of bearing witness to the truth”. Pope John Paul went on to say: “May people learn to fight for justice without violence, renouncing class struggle in their internal disputes and war in international ones”.
Go here to read the rest. Thus the Pope airbrushes out of history the role of weaponry and military alliances in bringing about the fall of Communism, not to mention the bankruptcy of the Soviet Union in attempting to keep up with the US militarily. The Pope of course makes this statement at a time when his policy of bringing huge numbers of muslim “refugees” into Europe is claiming new victims almost daily. One does not have to wield a weapon in order to be morally responsible for the violence caused by those who do.