Pope Francis says it is “unfair” and not true to identify Islam with violence and terrorism.
On the question of why he has never used the word “Islam” when condemning killings by terrorists, the Pope said it’s not right to identify Islam with violence, adding that every religion has its little group of fundamentalists.
“I don't think it is right to identify Islam with violence. This is not just and it is not true,” he said on Sunday.
Pope Francis was responding to question regarding the murder of a Roman Catholic priest, which took place on July 26, by attackers who broke into a church service in western France.
The knife-wielding attackers forced the priest to his knees and cut his throat. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
The pontiff referred to ISSI and said it “presents itself with its violent identity card, but it’s not Islam.”
He said if he were to speak of violent Islam, he would have to speak of violent Catholicism too.
“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 added.
“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.”