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Aboard The Papal Plane - Pope Says It Wrong To Identify Islam With Violence

Published on: July 31, 2016 09:15 PM
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Pope Francis speaks to journalists during a press conference on the plane after his visit to Krakow, Poland, for the World Youth Days, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Filippo Monteforte/Pool Pope Francis speaks to journalists during a press conference on the plane after his visit to Krakow, Poland, for the World Youth Days, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Filippo Monteforte/Pool

Aboard The Papal Plane - Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

“I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland. “This is not right and this is not true.”

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Francis was responding to a question about the killing on July 26 of an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest by knife-wielding attackers who burst into a church service in western France, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

“I think that in nearly all religions there is a always a small fundamentalist group,” he said, adding “We have them,” referring to Catholicism.

“I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy - someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics,” he said.

“If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent,” he said.

He said there were various causes of terrorism.

“I know it dangerous to say this but terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the center of the world economy,” he said.

“That is the first form of terrorism. That is a basic terrorism against all humanity. Let’s talk about that,” he said.

When he started the trip on Wednesday, Francis said the killing of the priest and a string of string of other attacks were proof the “world is at war” but that it was not caused by religion.

He told reporters on the plane that lack of economic opportunities for young people in Europe was also to blame for terrorism.

“I ask myself how many young people that we Europeans have left devoid of ideals, who do not have work. Then they turn to drugs and alcohol or enlist in ISIS,” he said, referring to the group also known as Islamic State.



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 Jul 31, 2016 at 09:48 PM charliehall Says:

"social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism"

Naive.

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 10:32 PM Normal Says:

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charliehall Says:

"social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism"

Naive.

Sorry you are wrong. It is social injustice. Muslims want to kill everyone not Muslim. Very simple.

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 10:57 PM let's be honest Says:

Really? It's wrong to identify them with violence??

#PopeIsADope!!

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 Jul 31, 2016 at 11:35 PM thetruthis Says:

So much for the concept of the Pope being infallible. Afrah li'pumei.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 01:30 AM REALIST Says:

I'd possibly grant him this headline; but add a caveat, it's not wrong to identify violence with Islam!

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 06:11 AM zelig Says:

and crusaders as well..

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 10:40 AM Pipk11 Says:

Its wrong because the religion of Islam has spawned only loving and peaceful adherents just like catholicism has done for centuries. Haaa ahhhha aaahhhha kn idiot.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 10:49 AM Anonymous Says:

While he has a point, he is mostly wrong, and deadly wrong. Islam, touted as a religion, is really not. It uses the flag of religion in its effort to legitimize its savagery. It is not a religion at all. It is an ideology. It is a cult that abuses the concept of "Allah" in its quest to claim that a Supreme Being instructs them to commit atrocities that are unacceptable in any form of human morality. The wanton subscription to murder and torture, the adherence to frivolous, hedonistic lifestyles such as sex slaves, the foundations of dishonesty, and the inability to respect a spoken word are all indications that it has absolutely no spiritual base.

The Pope has wishful thinking in considering an ounce of respect for Islam. I have none. It is a terror cult, and I wish to see it eradicated.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 12:29 PM Maven Says:

Millions of Jews were killed for all those hundreds of years in the name of Christianity.These days when all agree that all those Christians who killed Jews were butchers off course the pope doesn't want the world to Identify violence with a religion.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 03:52 PM md2205 Says:

Also, the Pope will just ask forgiveness for them

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 06:26 PM CommonSense Says:

Judaism can also be quite violent.
We're just at different junctions in our perspective histories.

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