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AP: Muslims World-Wide Condemn Mumbai Attacks

"Muslims around the world, from the Middle East to communities in Britain and Austria, on Sunday [November 30, 2008]condemned the Mumbai shooting rampage by suspected Islamic militants as senseless terrorism, but also found themselves on the defensive once again about bloodshed linked to their religion," The Associated Press (AP) reports in a dispatch datelined Ramallah, West Bank, in Palestine. See "Muslims condemn Mumbai attacks, worry about image."

According to the AP, "Intellectuals and community leaders called for greater efforts to combat religious fanaticism."

I agree that attacks on civilians should be widely condemned.

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Pope Benedict Tells Muslim Envoys He Wants New Dialogue

"Pope Benedict XVI held an audience with some 40 Muslim leaders at his summer residence outside Rome Monday September 25, 2006], telling his visitors he wanted to "strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Holy See and Muslim communities throughout the world." according to the "global information agency" Adnkronosinternational (AKI).  

AKI said, "The meeting, which involved 20 Muslim ambassadors to the Vatican and a similar number of Italian Muslim community leaders, was an effort to put an end to the controversy caused by Pope Benedict's remarks about Islam on 12 September" 2006, during a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany, titled  "Faith, Reason and the University Memories and Reflections." What sparked Muslim anger, protests and church burning was his use of a quote  from 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, that says:

“Show me just what Muhammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

According to AKI, "The pope was accompanied at the meeting by the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Paul Poupard, as well as his new secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who took office last week."

To read the entire AKi report, please see "Vatican: Pope Tells 'Muslim Friends' He wants New Dialogue."

A Few Related Links

Muslim ambassadors arrive for talks with pope --- Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates 

Inter-faith dialogue crucial to peace: Pope tells Muslim envoys --- Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates 

"Future" depends on dialogue between Christians and Muslims - Pope --- EITB, Spain

Call for Pope's apology to Muslims, Christians --- IranMania News, Iran 

Pope remarks may stall Isfahan-Vatican twinning --- IranMania News, Iran 

LEONARD PITTS JR. Pope, stop explaining yourself --- Houston Chronicle, USA 

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