The new pope could hardly have gotten off to a rockier start with the Muslim world.
It was September 2006. Regensburg, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI was giving a speech about the need for balance between faith and reason, a talk that would likely have attracted little worldwide attention.
At 80, Pope Benedict XVI has limited his coming trip to the United States to 13 public events, but the church made a surprise announcement on Thursday that he had added two brief meetings — both with Jewish leaders.
One is a quick stopover at the Park East Synagogue in New York on April 18. It will be the first time a pope has ever...