Pope: Violence in the name of God is `blasphemy'

Pope shocked by 'barbarity' of attacks

ROME – Pope Francis has once again condemned the Paris terror attacks, calling it "blasphemy" to use the name of God to justify "violence and hatred."

The pope expressed shock at the `'barbarity" of the attacks and told followers in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that `'we wonder how can it come to the heart of man to conceive and carry out of such horrible events."

"The road of violence and hatred does not resolve humanity's problems. And using the name of God to justify this road is blasphemy."

Francis expressed his deepest condolences to French President Francois Hollande and to the French people.