At the end of his 5-day trip to Poland on Sunday, Pope Francis told journalists as he was heading back to Rome that it is wrong “to identity Islam with violence.”
The Holy Father said:
“I think that in nearly all religions there is a always a small fundamentalist group. We have them.
“I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy – someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent.
“I know it dangerous to say this but terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the centre of the world economy. That is the first form of terrorism. That is a basic terrorism against all humanity. Let’s talk about that.”