Monday, January 12, 2015

Pope Francis Blasts "Deviant Forms of Religion;" Asserts Extremists Are Using Rel. to Justify Evil

Pope Francis today (January 12, 2015) condemned "fundamentalist terrorism" and "deviant forms of religion" for last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, amid fresh claims that he himself may be at risk of attack from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Telegraph (British) website reports.

The Pope said religion was being perverted by extremists and used to justify evil, including "the tragic slayings" of 17 people that took place in Paris last week after Islamist extremists attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and took people hostage in a kosher supermarket.

"Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God Himself, turning Him into a mere ideological pretext," the 78-year-old pontiff said in an annual address to foreign diplomats accredited to the Vatican.

The Pope spoke out against the menace posed by Islamic fundamentalism after an Israeli TV channel reported that the Vatican could be the next target of ISIS.

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