Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embraces Pope Francis during the Divine Liturgy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in IstanbulBy Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism. …


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