By: Nika Knight
Pope Francis surprised reporters on a flight from Krakow to the Vatican late Sunday when he blamed the “god of money” for extremist violence in Europe and the Middle East, saying that a ruthless global economy leads disenfranchised people to violence.
“Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person,” the pope told reporters, according to The Wall Street Journal. “This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity.”
Pope Francis during a 2013 visit to Brazil. (Tânia Rêgo / ABr – Agência Brasil / CC BY-SA 3.0)