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Pope Francis defends Muslims and blasts ‘Islam is NOT terrorism’

Speaking aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland, he said: “I think it is not right to identify Islam with terrorism.

“It is not right and it is not true.”

Francis was responding to a question about the killing on July 26 of an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest by knife-wielding attackers who burst into a church service in western France, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat. 

The attack was claimed by ISIS.

He said: “I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group.”

He then added: “We have them,” referring to Catholicism.

The Pope continued: “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 baptised Catholics.

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