By: Elena Grace Flores
Pope Francis was very right when he insinuated that Islam could not be equated with terrorism. He also warned Europe that it was pushing its young into the hands of extremists. The Pope said; “I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence”.
Francis explained why it’s not right to even mention the name Islam or Islamic when condemning the brutal murder by jihadists of a Catholic priest in France that was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group – or they should be called in another name.
The Pope added: “In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too.” “If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother-in-law, and these are baptized Catholics;” the Pope continued.
These are really golden worlds form the Pope; “You can kill with the tongue as well as the knife,” reference to a rise in populist parties fueling racism and xenophobia.
He warned Europe firmly that it should look closer to home, saying “terrorism… grows where the God of money is put first” and “where there are no other options”.
“How many of our European young have we left empty of ideals, with no work, so they turn to drugs, to alcohol, and sign up with fundamentalist groups?” he asked. These principles are indeed applicable not just in Europe but worldwide.