The Islamic State has slammed Pope Francis for undermining the extremists' war against Christians as "not a war of religions" and then vowed to kill all unbelievers just as Allah ordered.
The ISIS terrorist group vehemently opposed the Roman Catholic leader, who spoke of jihad or Islam's war against unbelievers as anything but religious.
"It's war, we don't have to be afraid to say this," Pope Francis told journalists on the papal plane on his way to Poland for World Youth Day. He said this following an extremist attack on a Catholic Church in Normandy, France and the brutal murder of an 85-year-old French Catholic priest. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and hailed the two young attackers as their soldiers.
However, the pontiff quickly added, "I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don't want war. The others want war."
The pope's additional statements became the pique of the extremist group, who vowed to kill all unbelievers in the name of Islam.
"This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief," read a statement on the latest issue of Dabiq, ISIS' online magazine used chiefly for propaganda and recruitment, reproduced through the Clarion Project.
It added, "Indeed, waging jihad â€” spreading the rule of Allah by the sword â€” is an obligation found in the Koran, the word of our Lord, just as it was an obligation sent in the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel."
ISIS also made it clear that they strongly disapprove of the current pope, who has tried to build inter-faith relations among Christians and Muslims, just as they disapproved with the previous popes.
In its feature article "In the Words of the Enemy," the group reduced Pope Francis' acts of kindness and charitable works as "a deceptive veil of good will."
They also accused him of falsely carrying out a depiction of friendship toward Muslims in order to veer the latter "from the obligation of waging jihad against disbelief."