Written By Tarushi Aswani ll
On Sunday, Pope Francis said he won’t label Islam as “terrorist” because that would be unfair and not true.
Aboard the papal plane flying him home after a pilgrimage to Poland, the day after extremists slit the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass in a French church, reporters asked him why he never uses the world “Islam” to describe terrorism or other violence.
When questioned why he didn’t describe the priest’s murder and other attacks as Islamic extremism, Francis said he won’t do that because “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence. It’s not right and it’s not true.”
“I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group.” said the Pope.
“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, making a reference to crime news in predominantly Catholic Italy.
“And these are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence.In Islam, not all are violent ,not all the Catholics are violent. It’s like a fruit salad, everything’s in there.” explained the Pope.