Pope Francis said on Friday that Islamic terrorism does not exist, noting that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs.
“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” the Pope said.
“The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”
He also said that all religions promote peace and extremist tendencies exist equality in all faiths.
“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Pope condemned “the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable.”
He further called for real solutions to unemployment, corruption, the identity crisis, and the “gutting of democracies.”
Pope Francis also denounced the denial of global warning, a criticism presumably aimed at the new US administration of Donald Trump.
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said.