Pope Francis: ‘Mother’ Is Inappropriate Word To Describe Bomb, ‘A Mother Gives Life, This One Gives Death’

Pope Francis said he was “ashamed” after he heard the word “mother” used in association with a deadly U.S. military weapon. The bomb known as the “Mother Of All Bombs” is technically referred to as the Massive Ordinance Air Blast or MOAB. Pope Francis continued to question the weapon’s chosen name, “We call this device a mother. What is happening?”

The name “mother of all bombs” was dubbed from the ear-splitting blast from the weapon let off upon impact. In a passionate speech with a group of students at the Vatican, Pope Francis said, “A mother gives life and this one gives death…”

“I was ashamed when I heard the name of the bomb, ‘Mother of all bombs.'”

Mother of all bombs name inappropriate
This U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) handout photo shows the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 21,000 pound bomb was dropped from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Eglin test range March 11, 2003. According to the DoD the MOAB is the largest non-nuclear conventional weapon in existence. (Photo by DoD/Getty Images)