Pope Francis has condemned the Islamic State recent assault against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. He is now in Turkey trying to convince the Muslim leaders to stand against extremists and terrorists, who take, in the name of their religious views, are killing many.
Pope Francis arrived today in Turkey and met with officials in the Ankara to discuss the current state of Islamic extremists. This is the second visit to the Middle East that Pope Francis has made this year trying to make things right. Pope Francis said that military force was perfectly justified to stop the extremists from advancing and further hurt the innocent. The Pope also tries to impose peaceful tactics, like a dialogue between Muslims and Christians and other faiths, in order to put an end to fundamentalism.
Pope Francis spoke to the Turkish officials saying:
“Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers.”
Pope Francis held his speech at the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presidential palace.
Pope Francis praised Turkey’s recent welcoming of more than 1,6 million refugees from troubled countries and said that the international communities are morally obliged to help Turkey and Ankara take care of them.
Pope Francis will be staying in Turkey for three days and will try to assist the Muslim communities in responding to the Islamic State advance. The US are urging them to engage in fighting the extremists.
Turkey has blamed the Islamic extremists of irrevocably damaging the meaning of Islam and said that Muslim countries must stand against the radical and dangerous views of the fundamentalist groups of terrorists.
Turkey is still n negotiations with the US over contributing and helping the coalition against the extremists. Turkey wants as safe haven with a no-fly zone along the borders with Syria and said that it also wants the coalition go after the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Pope Francis said that:
“My wish is that Turkey, which is a natural bridge between the two continents, is not just a point of intersection, but at the same time a point where men and women belonging to all cultures, ethnicity and religion live together in dialogue.”