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Not right to talk about a 'violent, terrorist' Islam: Pope Francis

Updated Aug 02, 2016 09:23am

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Pope Francis listens to a journalist's question on board the flight from Krakow, Poland, to Rome. ─AP
Pope Francis listens to a journalist's question on board the flight from Krakow, Poland, to Rome. ─AP

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Sunday said he won't label Islam as "terrorist" because that would be unfair and not true.

Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him home after a pilgrimage to Poland that began the day after extremists slit the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass in a French church, asked him why he never uses the word "Islam" to describe terrorism or other violence.

While in Poland, Francis made an unscheduled stop at a church in Krakow to implore God to protect people from the “devastating wave” of terrorism in many part of the world.

Francis replied that "it's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true."

He added: "I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group."

"I don't like to talk of Islamic violence because every day, when I go through the newspapers, I see violence, this man who kills his girlfriend, another who kills his mother-in-law,” Francis said, in apparent reference to crime news in the predominantly Catholic country of Italy.

"And these are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence."

Noting he has spoken with imams, he concluded: "I know how they think, they are looking for peace."

As for the militant Islamic State (IS) group, he said it "presents itself with a violent identity card, but that's not Islam."

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Comments (18) Closed



Sheraz Aug 01, 2016 02:11pm

Now this is a calculated and balanced stance taken by Pope. Appreciated!

Sixer from Chakwal Aug 01, 2016 02:11pm

Well Said Pope

Sacha Aadmi Aug 01, 2016 02:15pm

Can we get the pope to come to Australia

deepak Aug 01, 2016 02:15pm

It is the duty of every peace loving muslim to stop the violent ones in the community, if it does not come out strong enough then its sad.

Hussain.H.K Aug 01, 2016 02:28pm

The pope's statements are very calibrated, that speak for his maturity as a religious world leader. I wish our imams and clerics had this sense of responsibility and maturity.

Naveed Aug 01, 2016 02:28pm

@deepak very true, not only muslims but all humans.

Umer Aug 01, 2016 02:30pm

Peace to the world!

Something Fishy Aug 01, 2016 02:33pm

@deepak Is it not applicable to non-Muslims?

the right wrong Aug 01, 2016 02:51pm

An honest man! Respect !!!

GoneWithTheWind Aug 01, 2016 03:03pm

We should respect pope statement and peace is the responsibility of all the religions not only Muslims

Desi Dimag Aug 01, 2016 03:41pm

Silence won't change the reality.

Valiya Aug 01, 2016 03:45pm

@GoneWithTheWind The responsibility of those who violate peace.

jawaid Aug 01, 2016 04:31pm

He is great. I wish our religious leaders had the same exhibition of people's enthusiasm and love that are witnessed whenever the pope visits any place.

Puppet Aug 01, 2016 04:45pm

He is a sensible man and shows his knowledge of other faiths. Respect for him.

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 01, 2016 04:50pm

Maulvies should appreciate the Pope verdict on Islam and recipocate in the same manner

J. Niaz Aug 01, 2016 05:06pm

Pope Francis has said what is profound.

Kamil Sanaulla Aug 01, 2016 10:47pm

Pope is a religious person and understands that all religions stand for peace. Unfortunately all the violence is enacted in the name of a religion. Islam, the name implies "Peace" and hope people understand the meaning and stop these careless acts of killing and hurting innocent people.

KAKA Aug 01, 2016 11:40pm

Violence is a psychological and racial issue,can not be linked to any religion because you can find good and bad people every where, in every society and in every country.