MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — Pope Francis has condemned "deviant forms of religion," referring to the religious fundamentalism which led to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris and the ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East.
The pontiff called upon Muslim spiritual leaders to denounce "extremist interpretations" of Islam and those who seek to justify their atrocities and cold-blooded murder of peaceful civilians by their religious beliefs. Francis urged the religious leaders to declare Islam "does not condone such violence."
The pope emphasized that those, who carried out the Paris attacks belonged to a "throwaway culture" that denies God and sanctity of a human life. He insisted that the perpetrators had become "enslaved" by "deviant forms of religion."
Commenting on the pontiff's speech, the Wall Street Journal notes that on Sunday, January 11, four million people took to the streets in France protesting against extremism of the deadly attack on French Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday, January 7, and the brazen double hostage-taking on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal underscores that the pope is trying to establish an interreligious dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and Muslim communities across the world. As a part of this initiative, Francis visited Turkey and Albania in 2014.
The Argentine-born pontiff also addressed the US authorities calling to change their attitude towards Latin American refugees and praised the decision of Washington to close the Guantanamo prison.