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German ex-bishop says praying with Taliban beats bombing

A former leader of Germany's Protestant community, Margot Käss­mann, says she believes that a suggestion to pray with the Taliban by candlelight is "a much better idea than bombing water tank lorries in Kunduz."

The minister drew loud applause from some 5,000 attendees present at a Bible study session and another 1,500 observers outside watching on video screens at the Kirchentag, an ecumenical biennial church festival held this year in early June in Dresden.

"We know that in the end peace can only grow and be achieved by slow, often painful and risky reconciliation processes in which the victims are heard and the perpetrators admit their guilt," she said. Kässmann, the first woman to lead the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD, an umbrella group of Protestant churches), said that perhaps she is naive but added that Jesus also was naive.

She also criticized NATO bombing in Libya, noting that the military actions don't seem to be contributing to a peaceful resolution of that country's political schism.

It's not the first time that Kässmann  has criticized overseas military actions by NATO troops. In her New Year sermon at the beginning of 2010, delivered in the newly renovated Frauenkirche (Chu