Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Muslim Leaders in Cologne

August 20, 2005

Source: BBC News


On August 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to Muslims to help combat the 'cruel fanaticism' of terrorism. At a meeting with Germany's Muslim leaders in Cologne, the pontiff said Islamic teachers had a 'great responsibility' to educate the young... The meeting with some 30 Muslim leaders follows the Pope's earlier pledge to build 'bridges of friendship' with other faiths. He urged Muslims to join Christians to try to stop the spread of terrorism, which he called a 'new barbarism.' The Pope spoke of past wars that had been waged between Christians and Muslims with both sides invoking God's name as if, the Pope said, killing the enemy could be pleasing to God. The Pope said by working together, Muslims and Christians could 'turn back the wave of cruel fanaticism that endangers the lives of so many people and hinders progress toward world peace.'"