Pope slams ‘deviant forms of religion’ in wake of Paris attacks

JANUARY 12, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The Pope has condemned “deviant forms of religion” that are used to justify violence after the Paris attacks.

The Roman Catholic leader denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the three gunmen, saying they were enslaved by a subverted faith that used God as a mere ideological pretext to perpetuate mass killings.

In his annual foreign policy address to Vatican-based ambassadors, Pope Francis called for a united response from the international community to end “fundamentalist terrorism” and for Muslim leaders in particular to condemn extremist interpretations of their faith that seek to justify such violence.

He claimed the attacks were the result of a “throwaway culture” where human beings and God are rejected outright.