Friday, November 7, 2008

Pope Condemns Religious Perseuction

Vatican City (AHN) - At the end of the three-day historic dialogue between 48 Catholic and Muslim leaders and scholars, Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that to safeguard the freedom of individuals to follow his faith, religious persecution is not an acceptable practice.

At the same time, the pontiff apologized to Muslims for a remark he made in 2006 which outraged Islam followers after he linked Muslims to violence in the past. Pope Benedict clarified he quoted a medieval scholar, but he never intended to directly link present day Muslims with the wave of violence taking place in various parts of the world.

The head of the one-billion strong Catholic Church said, quoted by BBC, "The discrimination and violence which even today religious people experience throughout the world and the often violent persecutions to which they are subject, represent unacceptable and unjustifiable acts."

A very assuring step has been taken.

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