“Mother” should not be used to describe a bomb, Pope says

Pope Francis leads a mass to ordain new priests in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 7, 2017. On Saturday, Pope Francis criticized the naming of the U.S. military's biggest non-nuclear explosive as "the Mother of All Bombs".

MILAN, May 7 – Pope Francis on Saturday criticised the naming of the U.S. military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive as “the Mother of All Bombs”, saying the word “mother” should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon.

The U.S. Air Force dropped such a bomb, officially designated as the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) on suspected Daesh 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 U.S. 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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