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.”
- Apostolic Vicar in Turkey on recent terror attack in Ankara (Vatican Radio)
- March 2016 Ankara bombing (Wikipedia)
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