ISIS must be stopped, but without using arms, says Pope

(AGI) Ankara, Nov 28 - The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadistsshould be stopped but without using weapons, Pope Francis saidin an address to Turkish authorities. He called on them to "banall forms of fundamentalism and terrorism, which seriouslyhumiliates the dignity of all humans and exploits religion".The Pope continued: "It is necessary to counterpose fanaticismand fundamentalism, irrational phobias that encourageincomprehension and discrimination, with solidarity among allbelievers, resting on the pillars of respect for human life andof religious freedom, which means freedom of worship andfreedom to live according to religious ethics, the effort

(AGI) Ankara, Nov 28 - The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadistsshould be stopped but without using weapons, Pope Francis saidin an address to Turkish authorities. He called on them to "banall forms of fundamentalism and terrorism, which seriouslyhumiliates the dignity of all humans and exploits religion".The Pope continued: "It is necessary to counterpose fanaticismand fundamentalism, irrational phobias that encourageincomprehension and discrimination, with solidarity among allbelievers, resting on the pillars of respect for human life andof religious freedom, which means freedom of worship andfreedom to live according to religious ethics, the effort toguarantee everybody with what is necessary for a decent life,and care for the natural environment." A military responseagainst ISIS cannot be the only option, he said. The Poperepeated that it is "legitimate to stop an unjust aggressor,but always to abide by international law". He went on: "It isnecessary to make a strong joint commitment, based on mutualtrust, that might lead to enduring peace and finally allocateresources not to armaments but to the real struggles worthy ofMan: against hunger and disease, in favour of sustainablegrowth and the safeguard of Creation, against the many forms ofpoverty and marginality which not even our modern world is freefrom." He continued: "Turkey, by virtue of its history andgeographical position and because of the role it plays in theregion, has a great responsibility: its choices and its examplecan be of special value and of considerable help in favouringthe coming together of civilisations and in finding a viableway to peace and real progress." The Pope concluded: "May theMightiest bless and protect Turkey and help it to be a validand convinced promoter of peace!" (AGI) . .