Pope says Islamist violence in Syria, Iraq is a 'grave sin against God'

November 30, 2014 10:25 AM

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there.

The pope spoke on the last day of his weekend trip to Turkey, which is sheltering nearly 2 million refugees from Syria, thousands of Christians among them.

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