Pope ”sorry” for Muslims' anger, but not apologizing

Published September 17th, 2006 - 10:59 GMT

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that he was "deeply sorry" about the angry reaction to his recent comments about Islam, which he said came from a text that didn't reflect his personal opinion.


"These (words) were in fact a quotation from a Medieval text which do not in any way express my personal thought," Benedict told pilgrims at his summer palace outside Rome.


"At this time I wish also to add that I am 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," the pope said Sunday, according to the AP.


The pope noted that the Vatican's secretary of state had issued a statement Saturday trying to explain Benedict's speech. "I hope that this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect," Benedict said.


Meanwhile, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement said Sunday that the Pope's clarification was not enough, and called on the pope to personally apologize. "The Muslim Brotherhood severely condemns the pope's statement and asks the pope to apologize openly," the organization said in a statement.


In the West Bank, two churches were set afire as anger over the pope's comments grew throughout the Palestinian areas.



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