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Card. Tauran reflects on Paris terrorism attacks


Charlie Hebdo's attack in Paris, the killing of 100 children in Pakistan and Nigeria's  recent suicide terrorist attacks, show the danger religious extremism can trigger. French Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, President of the Vatican's Council for Inter-religious Dialogue reflected on the deadly attacks. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
"We always try to dialogue, but then these crimes occur and they have no possible justification. They don't follow true Islam either. They are very harmful as well, because they decrease the credibility of inter-religious dialogue. People get confused about whether they are true believers or not.”

The French Cardinal says religion does not  promote war and hate in the world, though some misuse it as a tool for violence. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Religion is part of the solution. One can't understand today's world without paying attention to religion. Religion plays a key role in the solution of these conflicts.”

After the attacks in Paris, some said the Vatican may be ISIS' next target. Cardinal Tauran doesn't think terrorists would go that far.

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Let's hope it doesn't happen, no.”

The Cardinal concluded that education is key in the fight against religious fundamentalism and in the movement to promote peace and dialogue.