In Albania, pope denounces using religion to justify violence

September 21, 2014 11:06 AM

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Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are “perverting” religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal religious oppression under communism but today live and work together peacefully.

Security was unusually tight for Francis' visit to the majority Muslim country amid reports that militants who trained in Iraq and Syria had returned and might pose a threat.

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