Pope Francis says fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant forms of religion'

January 12, 2015 10:57 AM

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Pope Francis says fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant forms of religion'

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Monday denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by "deviant forms of religion" that used God as a mere ideological pretext to perpetuate mass killings.

In his annual foreign policy address to Vatican-based ambassadors, Francis called for a unanimous response from the international community to end "fundamentalist terrorism" in the Mideast. And he called for Muslim leaders in particular to condemn "extremist interpretations" of their faith that seek...

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