Pope condemns rearmament pushing world to 'precipice'

STORY: The pope spoke on his first full day in Bahrain as he closed a forum on East-West dialog promoted by the king of the Gulf country where Christians are allowed to practice their faith publicly in churches.

Supposedly referring to Ukraine, the pope condemned a situation where "a few potentates are caught up in a resolute struggle for partisan interests, reviving obsolete rhetoric, redesigning spheres of influence and opposing blocs."

The visit continues the pope's policy of improving ties with the Islamic world following an historic visit to Abu Dhabi in 2019, the first by any pope to the Arabian peninsula. He has visited about 10 predominantly Muslim states since his election in 2013.