Pope Francis spoke to a large crowd last week to address the massacre in France and condemned "deviant forms of religion" for the shedding of blood.
"Losing their freedom, people become enslaved, whether to the latest fads, or to power, money, or even deviant forms of religion," Francis said in an address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps. There is a "culture of rejection" that leads to "the breakdown of society and spawning of violence and death."
Last week was one of the worst attacks in the city of Paris, with a total of 17 people left dead after persons loyal to the Islamic State murdered 12 persons, and another two people killed a police officer and several hostages in a standoff that ended on Friday. The three suspected killers were shot dead by police after the standoff. In the wake of the assault, Parisians and European leaders came together to send a powerful message that they would not cower to terrorists. more >>
Pope Francis has said that his continued criticism of the global financial system is not because he supports Communism, but because of Jesus' call for Christians to serve the poor. The Vatican meanwhile is set to publish a report titled "This Economy Kills," highlighting the damage that the world economy brings to impoverished populations.
"Jesus affirms that you cannot serve two masters, God and wealth," Francis said Sunday in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa. "Is it pauperism? No, it is the Gospel."
"Jesus tells us that it is the 'protocol' on the basis of which we will be judged, it is what we read in Chapter 25 of Matthew: I had hunger, I had thirst, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me: dressed me, visited me, you took care of me." more >>
French Officials defended President Barack Obama on Monday amid growing criticisms about his absence from an anti-terrorism rally in Paris on Sunday. The United States was represented by the Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.
World leaders from around the world joined an estimated 3.7 million people who marched in rallies across France yesterday (1.5 million in Paris), to promote peace and unity days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Top White House officials, including the president himself, were noticeably absent from the unity march, which drew criticism, but on Monday senior French officials defended Obama to veteran CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour. more >>
An arson attack on a German tabloid Sunday for republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, days after terror attacks in France that began with a massacre at the French satirical magazine's office last week, has sparked fears of more such occurrences across Western Europe.
The firebombing at the headquarters of the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost in the northern German port city of Hamburg took place when no one was in the building and caused only minor damage, according to Agence France Presse.
"Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window," a police spokesman was quoted as saying. "Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly." more >>
Declaring a war on Islamist terrorist websites and social media accounts, hacking group Anonymous blocked a French "jihadist" website in response to last week's terror attacks in France.
The loosely organized group of hackers with no known leaders have announced an operation codenamed #OpCharlieHebdo. They have also created a Twitter account with the same codename and have shared a video paying tribute to the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and two police officers killed in the attack.
The first website they have targeted is ansar-alhaqq.net, which, after the cyber-attack, is redirecting to the "Duck Duck Go" search engine. more >>
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos has accused the western world of focusing on mourning last week's terror attack in France, while ignoring the ongoing massacre of Nigerians, including many Christians, at the hands of terror group Boko Haram. As many as 2,000 people are believed to have been killed and several churches were burned in one of the deadliest attacks last week in Baga.
"It is a monumental tragedy. It has saddened all of Nigeria. But we seem to be helpless. Because if we could stop Boko Haram, we would have done it right away. But they continue to attack, and kill and capture territories with such impunity," Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama said, according to BBC News.
Over 40 world leaders joined with a million French citizens who marched in Paris on Sunday to honor the 17 people killed in terror attacks in the French capital last week. Twelve of the victims were cartoonists working for satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, who are believed to have been targeted by jihadist gunmen for illustrations of the prophet Muhammad that had angered some in the Islamic world. more >>