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Pope Francis says the Paris Attacks are 'not human'

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Pope Francis has condemned the Paris Attacks, calling them 'not human'
Pope Francis has condemned the Paris Attacks, calling them 'not human'

Pope Francis has labelled the actions of terrorists in Paris on Friday night as “not human”.

The pontiff was speaking to Vatican-based radio station TV2000 when he said: “There is no justification for such things, neither religious nor human. This is not human.”

Clearly upset at the horrific events that unfolded across the French capital, leaving at least 127 dead, the previous night, he added: “It is difficult to understand such things, done by human beings.

“I am close to the people of France, to the families of the victims, and I am praying for all of them,” the pontiff said Saturday, according to the Vatican Radio. “I am moved and I am saddened. I do not understand — these things hard to understand.”

The head of the Catholic church explained that he was praying for the families of the victims, for France “and for all those who suffer.”

In September, Francis described the increase in global violence in the 21st century as a “third world war.” Asked this morning whether he saw the attacks in Paris as another element of that war, he said: “This is a piece of it.”

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.