Pope Francis recently expressed his insight that Islam and Christianity both share the "idea of conquest." The Pope was asked in a press conference about fears of Islam and terrorism, to which he contemplated on the shared roots of Islam and Christianity, and then finally saying that it is not productive to think of Islam as a threat.
"It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam," the Pope said.
"However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest," he explained.
The Pope has condemned the way in which migrants are isolated or "ghettoized" rather than integrated into society. He acknowledged the election of Sadiq Khan in London, saying that the personified idea of integration within Europe came about because of the Muslim mayor.
"In Brussels, the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they grew up in a ghetto. In London, the new mayor took his oath of office in a cathedral and will undoubtedly meet the Queen. This illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate," the Pope notes.
When Pope Francis traveled to the Greek isle of Lesbos to visit a migrant detention center, he brought a dozen Syrian refugees home with him on his return.
"May all of our brothers and sisters on this continent, like the good Samaritan, come to your aid in the spirit of fraternity, solidarity and respect for human dignity," the Pope stated.
The Pope has placed himself at the center of political turmoil especially in the West. He has focused on the plight of refugees while calling for more understanding and tolerance within European societies.
"Yes, Europe has Christian roots and it is Christianity's responsibility to water those roots," Pope Francis said. The pontiff emphasized, however, that "this must be done in a spirit of service."