Monday, January 9, 2017

Pope Rips Jihadist Attacks as Homicidal Madness; Stresses That "One Can Never Kill in God's Name"

Pope Francis today (January 9, 2017) described jihadist attacks around the world as "homicidal madness" and urged religious leaders to reassert that "one can never kill in God's name," according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics also called on government leaders to combat the poverty that, he said, could allow fundamentalism to flourish.

In a hard-hitting and wide-ranging speech to the Vatican diplomatic corps, the 80-year-old pontiff voiced sorrow that, at the start of 2017, religion was still being used as a pretext for "rejection, marginalization and violence."

He cited the "fundamentalist-inspired terrorism" that in 2016 claimed victims in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States.

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