Pope Francis says identifying Islam with violence was wrong and not true as he travels back to Italy after his five-day trip to Poland. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).
Pope says it is wrong to identify Islam with violence
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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.”
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. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.
When he started the trip on Wednesday, Francis said the killing of the priest and a 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.