Pope Francis on Monday declared that Islam was not a violent religion and that it is only a minority of its faithful that are fundamentalists.
The Vatican City said in a statement that the Pope, who spoke on the plane while flying back from Poland to Rome, said that it was not right to identify Islam with violence or refer to it as a terrorist religion.
“I think it is neither true nor right to say that Islam is a terrorist religion,” he stated.
The pope was in Poland from Wednesday to Sunday to mark the World Youth Day, an event attended by over a million pilgrims.
An elderly Catholic priest was killed in Northern France during the celebration of Mass, just a day before the pope left. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
The pontiff asserted that;
“one thing is true, I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small group of fundamentalists, and it is a problem also for Christians. If I had to talk about Muslim violence, I would have to also talk about Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent”.
He said that Europeans should reflect on what drove disgruntled youth to join the Islamic terror group.
According to him, “I ask myself how many young people, whom we Europeans have left empty of ideals, have no jobs and turn to drugs, alcohol or enrol themselves in fundamentalist groups”.
Meanwhile some days ago, the Holy Pontiff fell in Poland as he walked around during the Mass which was televisioned, he fell straight to the ground next to the steps that leads to the altar. The viewers held their breath as the pontiff was assisted by the Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Guido Marini.
Fortunately, he did not sustain any injury from his fall and went on to finish the event.
This is not the first time the Pope has been reported to have fallen, In November 2015, the pontiff was also reported falling more than once in a short period. The pope is said to suffer from sciatica- a pain which affects the back, hip and outer side of the leg
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