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Pope Francis: 'No justification' for Paris attacks

Pope Francis condemned Friday night's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in a phone interview with the Italian Episcopal Conference's TV station, The New York Times reports.

"There is no justification for such things, neither religious nor human, this is not human," he said. "It is difficult to understand such things, done by human beings."

At least 127 people have died in the series of attacks, and about 80 of 300 hospitalized are reportedly in critical condition. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and French President François Hollande has also attributed the deadly violence to the terrorist group.

Francis joined a host of world leaders in supporting France, including President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and government heads in Belgium, Burundi, Canada, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, and Spain.