Pope Francis just finished his five day papal visit to Poland.
Aboard his plane, the Pope was accosted by journalists who sought for his response regarding the killing of a Catholic priest in France.
“I think it is not right to identify Islam with terrorism.
“It is not right and it is not true.
“I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group.
“We (The Catholic Church) 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.
“It is either someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptised Catholics.
“If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent.”
The Pope continued, “I know it dangerous to say this but terrorism grows when there is no other option.
“When money is made and instead of taking care of people, they put it into world economy.
“That is the first form of terrorism.
“That is a basic terrorism against all humanity.
“Let’s talk about that.
“I ask myself: how many young people that we Europeans have left devoid of ideals, who do not have work?
“Then they turn to drugs and alcohol or enlist in ISIS,” the Pope said.
The Pope’s remarks has drawn the ire of online reporters.
One commenter said, “It’s not right, but also most terrorists use this religion as an excuse to hurt others.
“Almost, if not all terrorists are also Muslims. And Islamic leaders are not doing enough to disassociate Islam teachings from terrorists
In response, one reporter said, “Well, that’s your opinion pope!
I respect it sir, but these people are worse than the devil sir.