VATICAN CITY (AP) — Unchecked poverty and ignorance assist fundamentalist violence to take maintain simply, Pope Francis mentioned as he urged fellow non secular leaders and others to counter the phenomenon by selling education.
Francis made the decision in a message to a four-day assembly that started on Saturday night in Bologna, Italy, with the gathering aiming to foster understanding amongst religions.
“We should assist one another to free the horizon of the sacred from the darkish clouds of violence and fundamentalism,” Francis mentioned in a message which the Vatican mentioned the pope wrote on Sept. 7.
The pope decried that about 5,000 individuals have been killed in locations of worship all through the world within the final 40 years. Francis referred to as that an outbreak of violence “that exploits the sacred.”
“As non secular leaders, I consider that to start with we should serve the reality and declare what’s even when it’s evil, with out concern or pretense, even and particularly when it’s dedicated by those that profess to observe the identical creed as us,” Francis mentioned.
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The pontiff referred to as for a becoming a member of of forces to “fight the non secular illiteracy which permeates all cultures: it’s a widespread ignorance that reduces the expertise of perception to slogans.”
Francis mentioned: “Above all we have to educate, selling equitable, solidarity-based and integral growth that will increase alternatives for education and training, as a result of the place poverty and ignorance reign unchecked, fundamentalist violence takes maintain extra simply.”
The Bologna discussion board drew contributors from nations of the Group of 20, a grouping of countries that collectively account for about 80% of the worldwide gross home product. Italy presently holds the rotating presidency of the G-20.
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