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Pope tells diplomats: ‘Peace is a gift, commitment’

Speaking in the Apostolic Palace to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See during the traditional exchange of New Year’s greetings with the diplomats, Pope Francis said, “[O]ne can never kill in God’s name,” adding that the world is, “dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death, in a play for domination and power.” Pope Francis also said, “Fundamentalist terrorism is the fruit of a profound spiritual poverty, and often is linked to significant social poverty.” “It can only be fully defeated with the joint contribution of religious and political leaders,” he continued. Security and peace were the twin focal points of the Holy Father’s broad-ranging …

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