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.
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