Syyed Mansoor Agha
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Pope says equating Islam with violence is wrong as he calls on religion's leaders to issue global condemnation of terrorism
Pope says he understands offence at Islam being equated with terrorism
Spoke aboard his plane returning from visit to Turkey after three-day trip
Wants cooperation with moderate Islam to work for peace in Middle East
Pope Francis said last night that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.
He told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.
Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested to many Muslims that he believed Islam espoused violence
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