Pope calls on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks

Pope Francis called on all religions to condemn terrorist attacks carried out in the name of god during a mass held for a Catholic priest killed in France in July.

"How great it would be if all confessions would clearly say: 'Killing in the name of god is satanic'," he said Wednesday during a morning mass in Vatican City.

In July, two attackers took hostages during morning mass in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, and killed 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel with a knife. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed the attack.

The pope referred to Hamel as a "martyr" during Wednesday's mass, which was visited by about 80 pilgrims from the French city where the attack took place.

Last update: Wed, 14/09/2016 - 15:28

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