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Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a ‘war of religion’

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VATICAN, Sept. 4, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate.

In a Sept. 4 post on his Settimo Cielo blog at l’Espresso, Magister made note of an editorial which appeared in the most recent issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuits’ Italian-language cultural review.

“Obviously, to promote peace it is necessary to know what the war truly is, and not what one would like it to be. It is crucial to study and to comprehend why and how the Islamic State fights. Theirs is a war of religion and of annihilation,” reads the editorial penned by Fr. Luciano Larivera, S.J.

The article continues, “It should not be confused or reduced to other forms, such as the Bolsheviks or the Khmer Rouge. They instrumentalize the power of religion, and not vice versa. Their danger is greater than that of al-Qaeda.”

Magister posited that La Civiltà’s editorial represents in fact the stance of the Holy See.

“Each line of ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ is passed beforehand for examination by authorities of the Vatican, who allow publication, or not,” he began his blog post. [Full story]

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