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Pope denounces violence in God's name in interfaith meeting

Pope Francis kisses the altar as he celebrates a Mass on the occasion of All Souls' Day, at the Prima Porta Cemetery in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis kisses the altar as he celebrates a Mass on the occasion of All Souls' Day, at the Prima Porta Cemetery in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has welcomed a multi-faith delegation at the Vatican, using the occasion to condemn terrorist attacks and other violence committed in the name of religion.

Francis, whose papacy has stressed the need for religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue, met Thursday with some 200 representatives of various religions, including Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

He told them: "It is horrible that at times, to justify such barbarism, the name of a religion or the name of God himself is invoked. May there be clear condemnation of these iniquitous attitudes that profane the name of God and sully the religious quest of mankind."

He received his visitors, most who are involved in charity work, in the marbled Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.