Rabat – The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, commended as fair-minded the positive declarations Pope Francis gave about Islam refusing to equate it with violence and terrorism.These remarks came after a previous statement made by the Catholic Church leader wherein he said, addressing the slaying of a French priest at the hands of Daesh, that social injustice and the idolatry of money are the prime causes of terrorism. “I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group,” the Bishop of Rome said, adding “We have them,” referring to Catholicism.He went on, “I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy – someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence.” Not all Muslims are violent, he pointed out. Further, Pope Francis said there were various causes of terrorism […] terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the centre of the world economy.Describing these statements of the Holy See as bravely impartial, Dr Altwaijri suggested that they deserve to be highly commended by the broader international community.He also reaffirmed ISESCO’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its manifestations, rejecting it as an abominable crime that has neither a religious nor a cultural affiliation.