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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 05, 2016

In an October 5 statement to a UN conference on security challenges involving young people in the Mediterranean region, the Vatican’s representative, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, offered these thoughts:

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Root causes that promote violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism among the young must be faced: dissatisfaction, a failure of integration policies, unemployment, a sense of loss, including the feeling of not having a future, a vacuum of values and fractures within families. Moreover, violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism finds a fertile ground in growing intolerance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia, including as a result of certain counter- terrorism policies.

Let’s see: Can you think of any other factor that might promote radicalization and terrorism? Something that Msgr. Urbanczyk didn’t mention?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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