Terrorism not conflict between civilizations: Pope

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21 July 2005, INTROD, ITALY - Pope Benedict XVI has described terrorism as the action of small groups of fanatics rather than the result of a conflict between civilizations. In remarks published Thursday in Italian newspapers, the pope said: "There is no conflict between civilizations. There are only small groups of fanatics." The pope spoke to a group of journalists on his way back from a walk in the Italian Alps, where he is currently on vacation. Asked whether increased dialogue between Christians, Mosl

21 July 2005

INTROD, ITALY - Pope Benedict XVI has described terrorism as the action of small groups of fanatics rather than the result of a conflict between civilizations.

In remarks published Thursday in Italian newspapers, the pope said: "There is no conflict between civilizations. There are only small groups of fanatics."

The pope spoke to a group of journalists on his way back from a walk in the Italian Alps, where he is currently on vacation.

Asked whether increased dialogue between Christians, Moslems and Jews could provide an answer to the kind of attacks seen in London on July 7, Benedict said: "Terrorism is irrational. Dialogue could provide a cry of alarm, an invitation for these youngsters to abandon terrorism."

Benedict will meet with Muslim officials and visit a synagogue for the first time in his pontificate during his August 18-21 trip to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day.

DPA

Subject: German news

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