Pope Francis reveals why he doesn't discuss 'Islamic violence'

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said he doesn't like singling out violence carried out by Muslims because people of all religions are guilty of deadly crimes.

He told reporters the situation was like "a mixed fruit salad" and that there were "violent people in all religions."

"I do not like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I skim the papers ... I read about violence in Italy: this one who killed the girlfriend, another killed the mother-in-law ... and they are all baptized Catholics," he said aboard a Rome-bound flight from Poland on Sunday.

"If I talk about Islamic violence, then I also have to talk of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, just like not all Catholics are violent," the pontiff added. "It's like a mixed fruit salad. There is a bit of everything. There are violent people in all religions."

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Pope Francis was responding to a question about an ISIS-linked attack on a church last week in which knife-wielding attackers slit the throat of a priest.

The pontiff had been asked why he never would "talk about Islam, about how you would counter the Islamic violence."

He responded that it was "not fair to identify Islam with violence and terrorism. It's not fair, and it's not true."

The pope went on to suggest that capitalism is another form of terrorism: "When you place at the center of the world economy the 'God of Money,' that's terrorism against all humanity."

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The pope appeared in good spirits, despite the grueling schedule during his five-day trip to Poland and what looked like a painful fall Thursday. "I was looking at the [image] of the Virgin Mary, and I missed a step," Francis said. "But I feel perfectly fine."

The in-flight news conference took a fun turn when the pope briefly tried on a hat from Panama, the country chosen to host the next World Youth Day in 2019. He then thanked the Rev. Federico Lombardi, his spokesman for the past 10 years, who will retire after this trip, and he even cut the first slice of a special farewell cake.

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Prelates wait for the arrival of Pope Francis on the occasion of a mass at conclusion of the World Youth Day inKrakow, Poland, Sunday, July 31, 2016. The Mass was the final part of the World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics, on the fifth day of the Pope's visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
FILE - In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Pope Francis is helped by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Mons. Guido Marini as he stumbles on the altar during a mass in Czestochowa, Poland. Francis says the July 28 tumble happened this way: "I was watching (an image of) the Madonna, and I forgot the step." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
Pope Francis followed by a security guard arrives to celebrate a mass at conclusion of the World Youth Day inKrakow, Poland, Sunday, July 31, 2016. The Mass was the final part of the World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics, on the fifth day of the Pope's visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates a Holy Mass in Brzegi, near Krakow, Poland, Sunday, July 31, 2016. The Mass was the final part of the World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics, on the fifth day of the Pope's visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Pope Francis blesses reporters on board the flight from Krakow, Poland, to Rome, at the end of his 5-day trip to southern Poland for the World Youth Days, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Francis announced the next World Youth Day will take place in Panama in 2019. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis, accompanied by youths from five continents, passes through the Door of Mercy ahead of a prayer vigil on the occasion of the World Youth Days, in Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, near Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. The 79-year-old Francis has had an unrelenting schedule since he arrived in Poland on Wednesday for World Youth Days, a global Catholic gathering which culminates Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Saint John Paul II Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Francis is taking part in World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics, during his five-day visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, near Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Francis is taking part in World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics, during his five-day visit to Poland. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis arrives at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis, background, is framed by a barbed wire as he prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis blesses a child during his visit to the University Children's Hospital in Prokocim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. The visit to the University Children's Hospital Friday was part of a day Francis dedicated to the theme of suffering. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (L'Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (L'Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis prays in front of the death wall at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. s. (L'Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis waives to a cheering crowd of faithful as he drives by in a public transportation tram he used to reach the venue of the World Youth Days in Krakow, Poland, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Pope Francis is in Poland for a five-day pastoral visit and to attend the 31st World Youth Days. (Stefano Rellandini/Pool photo via AP)
Pope Francis kisses the altar as he celebrates a mass in Czestochowa, Poland,Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Stefano Rellandini/Pool Photo via AP)
Faithful pray as Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in Czestochowa, Poland, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The pontiff celebrated an open-air Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Pope Francis talks from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Pope Francis, center, flanked by Polish President Andrzej Duda, right, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda arrives for an official welcoming ceremony at the royal Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)
Pope Francis leaves the Krakow's military airport , Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
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Francis arrived Wednesday in Poland in the shadow of the country's own pope and saint, John Paul II, but he proved to be just as popular. Hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world attended his final mass in the outskirts of Krakow, which marked the end of his visit and of World Youth Day.

On the way to Krakow, the pope warned that the world is at war — although stressing that the battle was not drawn along religious lines.

But World Youth Day was all about peace and fraternity, with music, dance and, of course, prayers.

Throughout his trip, Francis posed for selfies with youths, and yet he warned them about the risks of isolation posed by the internet and social media, asking them not to become "couch potatoes."

He also highlighted more than once the plight of refugees, especially from war-torn countries, and asked the youths to welcome them with open arms — a message, perhaps, that was also meant for Poland's government, amid Europe's migrant crisis.

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