Pope: Islamic militants are carrying out a "grave sin against God"

November 30, 2014 17:13

ISTANBUL - 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 the conflicts there.

Turkey is sheltering nearly 2 million refugees from Syria, thousands of Christians among them.At a joint service with Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual head of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, at the end of his weekend trip to Turkey, Francis said people of all faiths could not remain indifferent to the cries of the victims of the "inhumane and brutal" war next door.

"Taking away the peace of a people, committing every act of violence, or consenting to such acts, especially when directed against the weakest and defenseless, is a profoundly grave sin against God," he said.

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