A Syrian refugee family pose in front of the Saint Francis basilica in Assisi on September 20, 2016, where they will meet Pope Francis in a private audience with other Syrian families. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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Pope Francis met for peace talks in Assisi Tuesday with faith leaders and victims of war, broaching the issues of growing religious fanaticism and escalating violence around the world.The 79-year old pope arrived by helicopter and was set to lunch with war victims before sitting down for talks with faith leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.At 4pm (1400 GMT), the leaders will retire to pray, in their own fashion and in separate locations, before meeting again for a joint ceremony where messages of peace will be read out by each leader and one of the war victims.The head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, who took the papal name Francis in homage to the famous Christian friar and his devotion to peace and forgiveness, has insisted violence committed in the name of religion has nothing to do with God.
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