Pope warns global divisions leading to ‘precipice’

Pope Francis warned in Bahrain on Friday that “opposing blocs” and global divisions have put humanity on a “delicate precipice”, a veiled reference to the Ukraine war.

“We are living at a time when humanity, connected as never before, appears much more divided than united,” he said during a speech to religious leaders in the Gulf kingdom.

“We continue to find ourselves on the brink of a delicate precipice and we do not want to fall.”

Francis, who has made religious dialogue a pillar of his papacy, was speaking on the first full day of his trip to the tiny island state, where he arrived on Thursday afternoon.