Pope Benedict XVI greets the pilgrims and faithful in the courtyard of his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, during his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer. Pope Benedict XVI sought to mollify Muslim anger, saying he was “deeply sorry” for the outrage sparked by his recent remarks on Islam and stressing they did not reflect his personal opinion.
AP: Pope sorry for reaction to his remarks
Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that he was “deeply sorry” about the angry reaction to his recent remarks about Islam, which he said came from a text that did not reflect his personal opinion.
Despite the statement, protests and violence persisted across the Muslim world, with churches set ablaze in the West Bank and a hard-line Iranian cleric saying the pope was united with President Bush to “repeat the Crusades.”
If the Crusades is what the Islamic world wants then they are sadly apt to obtain what they desire – providing they continue their irrational violent behavior.
The Pope did NOT apologize for his speech. The text of the speech is here.
However, the Pope’s statement that he is “deeply sorry” will NOT mollify the Islamists who want the Pope and Christians to surrender and humble/abase themselves before their God.
But, was the Pope correct in his comments about Islam and violence?
This undated photo provided Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006 by the family of Sister Leonella, shows Italian nun Sister Leonella, right, sitting with an unidentified aunt in Rezzanello di Gazzola, near Piacenza, Italy. Gunmen killed Sister Leonella and her bodyguard Sunday at the entrance of the hospital where she worked in Mogadishu, Somalia, officials said _ an attack some feared could be linked to Muslim anger toward Pope Benedict XVI.
AP: Italian nun shot dead by Somali gunmen
Two gunmen killed an Italian nun and her bodyguard at a hospital Sunday, and a security official for an Islamic militia controlling the capital speculated the attack was linked to worldwide Muslim anger over a speech by Pope Benedict XVI.
The nun, whose identify was not released, was shot in the back four times at the entrance to the Austrian-run S.O.S. Hospital in northern Mogadishu, said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, a physician at the facility, which serves mothers and children.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came hours after a leading Somali cleric condemned remarks by the pope that quoted a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman.”
The head of security for the Islamic militia, Yusuf Mohamed Siad, said one man had been arrested and a second was being hunted. He said the killing might have stemmed from the uproar over the pope but stressed he didn’t know for sure.
“They could be people annoyed by the pope’s speech, which angered all Muslims in the world, or they could have been having something to do with S.O.S,” he said. “We will have to clarify this through our investigation.”
Remember it was the Somali Islamic Cleric Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin who called for the pope’s death.
Michelle Malkin has Italian nun killed; Pope sorry for Muslim reaction
Rick Moran: You cannot appease the unappeasable.
Kathy Shaidle points to this Muslim paper accusing the Pope of “going berserk” and expressing shock and puzzlement at being “maliciously demonised by mischievous elements in the Christian West.”
Pajamas Media is rounding up all of this morning’s developments.
Stay tuned for more Islamist reactions/protests/violence.
Pakistani activists of the Sunni Tehreek shout slogans during a protest against the remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI linking Islam with violence, in Karachi. Pope Benedict XVI sought to mollify Muslim anger, saying he was “deeply sorry” for the outrage sparked by his recent remarks on Islam and stressing they did not reflect his personal opinion.
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