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Fight root causes of terrorism, bishop says following Ankara bombing

March 17, 2016

Following a car bomb explosion in Ankara that killed 37 people and injured over 100, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia said that “terrorism must be fought at its roots, not in its outermost branches.”

The Turkish government attributed the attack to Kurdish separatists.

“We must not forget that the terrorists are a very small part of the people,” Bishop Paolo Bizzeti told Vatican Radio. “The vast majority of people do not want violence.”

“Terrorism in Turkey, as elsewhere, in my opinion, is more a symptom than a cause, which is why we must address the root causes,” he added. “This country, throughout history, has had a vocation to be a patchwork of peoples, religions and cultures. Surely we must respect this identity.”


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  • Posted by: FredC - Mar. 18, 2016 10:37 AM ET USA

    The root cause is sin. Someone must convince the terrorists that they risk going to hell.