Paris attacks: Killing in the name of God is “blasphemy” says Pope Francis

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Killing in the name of God, is a blasphemy says Pope Francis.

After the deadly attacks in Paris, Pope Francis has declared that on Sunday, November 15, that using name of God to justify bloodshed is blasphemy. “I want to firmly repeat that the path of violence and hate does not resolve humanity’s problems, and using the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy.”

While addressing thousands of pilgrims at the Saint Peter’s square, He expressed great distress and grief over the loss of lives as a result of the carnage in Paris. “Such barbarism leaves us stunned and we ask ourselves how the heart of man could plan and execute such horrible acts, which shocked not only France but the whole world,” he said.

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Pope Francis urged all the Christians to join him in prayer for the innocent victims of these attacks. Since the attacks, it was the first time that the Pope addressed the general audience about the Paris attacks. Previously, a day before he had termed the attack inhumane, while speaking in a radio interview.

Shortly after the attacks, the terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 129 people. The group said, these attacks were a revenge for French military’s offensive against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

On the other hand, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned that there is still a danger of further terrorist attacks in Europe in the coming days and weeks following the carnage in Paris, as French police carry out raids across France.