Pope Benedict meets with Muslim leaders

Calls for "authentic dialogue"
In an unprecedented meeting with Muslim envoys on September 25, Pope Benedict XVI called for “authentic dialogue” between religions and cultures. He also said Christians and Muslims “must learn to work together” to safeguard the world “against all forms of intolerance” and “all manifestations of violence.”

Attending the gathering at Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence south of Rome, were local Muslim clerics and ambassadors from 22 countries with predominantly Muslim populations. It came 13 days after the pope’s controversial speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany in which he quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor as referring to elements of Islam as “evil and inhuman”—a speech that sparked angry and sometimes violent reactions in the Islamic world.


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