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Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said.
The trip comes days after the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi," began by St. Francis of Assisi in 1216.
Delegates to the general chapter of the Franciscans elected U.S. Franciscan Fr. Michael Perry to a six-year term as head of the order after he had served in the role for two years.
Eco Catholic: What would the patron saint of those who promote ecology -- as Pope John Paul II named St. Francis -- think of our world today?