German Muslims welcome Pope's clarification

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18 September 2006, BERLIN - The Central Council of Muslims in Germany welcomed Sunday's clarification by Pope Benedict XVI as "an important step" towards calming the protests that erupted over his remarks on violence and Islam. The council, which claims to speak for 800,000 Muslims, also called on religious leaders and politicians in the Islamic world to play their part in soothing Muslim anger. The council said the Vatican should begin a dialogue with Muslim representatives in order to ensure "the controv

18 September 2006

BERLIN - The Central Council of Muslims in Germany welcomed Sunday's clarification by Pope Benedict XVI as "an important step" towards calming the protests that erupted over his remarks on violence and Islam.

The council, which claims to speak for 800,000 Muslims, also called on religious leaders and politicians in the Islamic world to play their part in soothing Muslim anger.

The council said the Vatican should begin a dialogue with Muslim representatives in order to ensure "the controversy of the last few days does not have a lasting effect on Christian-Muslim relations."

The pope made a personal apology Sunday over the misunderstanding caused by his quoting from a medieval text in a speech on religion made during his visit to his native Germany last week.

The pope said he was "deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims."

Bulent Aslan, chairman of the German-Turkish Forum within Chancellor Angela Merkel's co-ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said he was satisfied with the pope's answer.

Prominent CDU politicians, including Merkel, had vehemently defended the pope against criticism from the Muslim world before his clarification Sunday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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