“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Christians to work together to abolish every form of torture, condemning the practice as a grave sin.
Francis told the public in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he wanted to reiterate his “firm condemnation of every kind of torture.” He sought united efforts to work for torture’s end and to support victims and their families.
Francis said it was a “mortal sin, a very grave sin, to torture people” and noted that Thursday marks the United Nation’s day for torture victims.
Torture was a powerful tool of the military regime ruling his native Argentina from 1976 till 1983. The local church hierarchy then openly sided with the junta.
Francis has been credited with saving lives of political dissidents while a Jesuit priest in Argentina.
The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s Comment:
These days I am finding myself, increasingly agreeing with social agenda of Pope Francis, despite the big doctrinal gulf that separates us.
Ultimately, I am in greater agreement, with Michael Servetus, who was burnt on the stake for exposing absurdity of Trinity. I am indeed, in constant agreement with this great martyr of the sixteenth century, when he said: