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Critics Say Pope Needs to Refocus on Interfaith Efforts

September 20, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.pope20sep20,0,6467396.story

On September 20, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "When Pope Benedict XVI was elected almost 18 months ago, some people within and outside the Roman Catholic Church predicted that his background would shift the papacy away from the interfaith outreach that was the legacy of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. They say the flap over Pope...

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Gujarat Religion Law Hotly Contested

September 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5362802.stm

On September 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "Christians and Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat have expressed resentment over an amendment in the law relating to religious conversions. They say that moves by the state government to classify Buddhism and Jainism as branches of the Hindu religion are unconstitutional. Christians and Muslims have accused the authorities of trying to polarise the...

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Michigan Religious Leaders Respond to Challenges Posed by Pope's Remarks

September 19, 2006

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060919/OPINION01/609190305/1008

On September 19, 2006 The Detroit News reported, "In a Sept. 12 homily in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor who criticized the Prophet Mohammed. He has apologized for reading the statements, 'which do not in any way express my personal thought.' The following are reactions from Michigan's...

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Pope's Apology Fails to Quell Protests

September 19, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/world/europe/19pope.html

On September 19, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Many Muslims insisted Monday that Pope Benedict XVI did not go far enough in his apology on Sunday for the offense caused by a speech he gave last week that discussed Islam and holy war. In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, protesters burned an effigy of the pope, and an Iraqi group linked to Al Qaeda posted a warning on a...

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"Pope Benedict's Comments Were Unwise and Provocative, But the Best Course for Muslims is to Turn the Other Cheek" by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah

September 19, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/09/pope_benedicts.php#more

On September 19, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! published a commentary by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, "It's ironic that while more than 1,000 delegates met at a congress in Montreal called World's Religions After September 11, where they discussed initiatives aimed at building greater understanding among followers of all faiths, halfway across the globe Pope...

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Pompano Beach Ministers to Distribute Anti-Islam Comic Books

September 19, 2006

Source: Local 10

http://www.justnews.com/news/9883283/detail.html

On September 19, 2006 Local 10 reported, "A coalition of ministers led by the Rev. O'Neal Dozier plan to distribute comic strip booklets about the Islam religion, which they believe 'teaches evil and hatred,' in opposition to a zoning change that allows the Islamic Center of South Florida to begin construction on a new mosque in a predominantly black community. The city council voted 3-2 in June to...

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Indian Muslim Clerics Say Issue with Pope is "Closed" Following Apology; Urge Interfaith Dialogue

September 18, 2006

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=4&articleid=9172006214501569172006214442765

On September 18, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Softening their stance on Pope Benedict’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad, prominent Muslim clerics here said the issue should be considered ‘closed’ in the wake of the apology...

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Fiji Council of Churches Labels Break-in at Hindu Temple a "Disgrace"

September 18, 2006

Source: Fiji Times

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=48465

On September 18, 2006 the Fiji Times reported, "A temple break-in has been labelled a 'disgrace' by the Fiji Council of Churches.

Local residents said the act was cowardly and shameful.

Anil Dutt, 35, was ploughing his land next to the Shree Sanatan Dharam Vishnu Mandir yesterday when he noticed three louvre blades missing from one of the temple windows facing his home.

Mr Dutt...

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Virginia Muslims Active in Fight Against Global Warming

September 18, 2006

Source: Augusta Free Press

http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$40562

On September 18, 2006 the Augusta Free Press reported, "'In the Koran, God said that He created nature in a balance or mizam, and that it is mankind's responsibility to maintain this fragile equilibrium,' says Richmond-based Islamic leader Dr. Imad Damaj. 'We cannot maintain it by blaming each other, but must do so by working together.'

Last week, the faith-based...

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Muslims to Meet with Cardinal of Los Angeles to Keep Dialogue Afloat

September 18, 2006

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_H_pope19.38d8b30.html

On September 18, 2006 The Press-Enterprise reported, "Leaders of Southern California's Muslim community will meet this week with Cardinal Roger Mahony in Los Angeles to voice concern about controversial remarks Pope Benedict XVI made in Germany last week and to reinforce an interfaith relationship some leaders characterized as positive...

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Bill Held Up by Controversial Provision on Military Chaplains' Prayers

September 18, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/washington/19chaplains.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

On September 18, 2006 The New York Times reported, "A bill that sets the Pentagon’s spending levels is being held up by controversy over a provision that would allow military chaplains to offer sectarian prayers at nondenominational military events.

The provision, which is being pushed by Representative Duncan Hunter,...

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In the West Bank and Gaza, Churches of Various Denominations Bombed

September 18, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/199/story_19985_1.html

On September 18, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies responded on Monday to Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam and holy war, proclaiming that jihad would continue until Islam takes over the world. Schools and shops in Kashmir shut their doors and demonstrators took to the streets in Iraq and Indonesia and staged a...

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Albany Catholic and Muslim Leaders Respond to Comments by the Pope on Islam

September 18, 2006

Source: Capital News 9

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/your_news/capital_region/default.asp?ArID=192355

On September 18, 2006 Capital News 9 reported, "The Pope's recent comments have Muslim leaders up in arms. He quoted a 14th century Byzantine text that calls the Prophet Muhammad 'evil and inhuman.' And it refers to the spread of Islam as 'by the sword.' But Father William Pape at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in...

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CAIR Calls for Increased Dialogue Between Catholics and Muslims

September 18, 2006

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060918-122957-2467r

On September 18, 2006 the United Press International reported, "The U.S. Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for a stepped-up dialogue between Muslims and Catholics. The CAIR statement was issued Friday following the public controversy over Pope Benedict XVI's remarks last week that were criticized by various Muslim groups...

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Opinion: "We Cannot Afford to Maintain These Ancient Prejudices Against Islam"

September 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1874786,00.html

On September 18, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History. "Last week, Pope Benedict XVI quoted, without qualification and with apparent approval, the words of the 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II: 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such...

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