Pope Francis has termed the inhumane violence inflicted by ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria a “profoundly grave sin against God.”
The Pope was speaking at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, on the last day of his trip to Turkey. On Saturday 29th of November, he condemned the “barbaric violence” by ISIS jihadists unleashed against Christians, Yazidis and other religious groups in Iraq and Syria. He urged constructive dialogue with Muslims based on “mutual respect and friendship.”
He said, “Taking away the peace of a people, committing every act of violence, especially when directed against the weakest and defenceless, is a profoundly grave sin against God, since it means showing contempt for the image of God which is in man.
In August, up to 30,000 minorities in Iraq’s second largest city Mosul fled due ISIS persecution of Christians and Yazidis in particular to seek safe-haven. Thousands of Christians were also displaced in the Kurdish city of Erbil. The following day, Pope Francis said that today some neighbouring countries are scarred by “an inhumane and brutal war.”