God does not back war, pope says

STORY: On his second day in Kazakhstan, Francis addressed the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, a meeting that brings together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other faiths.

The congress is marked by Kirill's conspicuous absence. He was to have attended but later pulled out.

The Russian Orthodox Church sent a delegation.

Francis also said that while violence in God's name was never justified, the "viruses" of hate and terrorism would not be eradicated without first wiping out injustice and poverty.