Friday, September 22, 2006

Pope to Meet With Representatives From Muslim Nations Monday
Friday, September 22, 2006
Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has invited representatives of Muslim countries to meet next week at his summer residence, the Vatican said Friday.

Benedict will meet Monday with ambassadors from predominantly Muslim countries. A Muslim council that advised the Italian government on integration issues also was expected to participate, the ANSA news agency said.

CountryWatch:Holy See

The Vatican has been seeking to defuse anger across the Muslim world that followed the pope's remarks about Islam last week in Germany.

Benedict cited the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith."

The pope said Sunday that he was "deeply sorry" about the reactions to his remarks and that they did not reflect his own opinions. Earlier this week, he said his comments were open to misinterpretation and that he had "deep respect" for Islam.


At 5:48 PM, Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

I hope after the meeting we should hear more support from the Moderate Muslims.

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Denice Hanley, DPM, M.Div. said...

Ditto. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

Islamists are trying to intimidate Pope Benedict into silence. He has apologized enough for comments that have been flagrantly misunderstood. Their violence in response to even the most delicately put and well-intentioned criticism of Islam only proves his point.

I've been praying and fasting that the Lord would keep him securely under the mantle of His protection.


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Lyeslyes said...

He said he was sorry for the reaction, not for his words.


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