Religious Affairs Ministry reacts angrily to Pope's comments

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14 Eylül 2006 - 15:53Son Güncelleme : 14 Eylül 2006 - 15:53

The head of the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Ankara, Ali Bardakoglu, has reacted with anger and sorrow to statements made by Pope Benedict XVI about Islam. Pope Benedict's comments were covered in newspapers around the world today, and concerned what he called the dangers of radical Islam. Said Bardakogly today, "These were statements which were very unfortunate, both in the name of Christianity, and in the name of shared humanity."

Noting that he had read Pope Benedict's statements with horror and amazement, Bardakoglu noted that if the Pope's comments "reflected any anger, enmity, or hatred in the Pope's inner world," the situation was worse than anyone could imagine.

Bardakoglu also called on Pope Benedict to either retract or apologize for the statements. He noted with regret that the Western world seemed to approach the Islamic world and its prophets with much pre-judgement and lack of knowledge.

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