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  • Religion News: Pope endorses stopping Islamic militants, but unclear on how

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  • Week in Religion
    When asked if he approves of U.S. military airstrikes against ISIS, the Islamic militant group attacking religious minority groups in Iraq, Pope Francis said the group must be stopped, but was wary of endorsing military action.
    “I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” the pope said during a press conference. “I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means.”
    Pope Francis was more clear in stating that he believes whatever action is taken, it should not be unilateral, but instead involve the United Nations.
    “One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this, how you stop an unjust aggressor,” he said. “After World War II, the idea of the United Nations came about: It’s there that you must discuss ‘Is there an unjust aggression? It seems so. How should we stop it?’ Just this. Nothing more.”
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    The Word
    Mantra: A syllable, word or phrase with spiritual power, it is chanted or held in the mind in connection with meditation or ritual. Mantras are commonly used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and are traditionally drawn from Sanskrit scriptures, such as the Vedas.
    — ReligionStylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Malaysia is:
    - Muslim (official state religion), 61.3 percent
    - Buddhist, 19.8 percent
    - Christian, 9.2 percent
    - Hindu, 6.3 percent
    - Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions, 1.3 percent
    - None, other or unspecified, 2.2 percent

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