Pope Urges Respect, Condemns Violence

February 20, 2006

Source: BBC News


On February 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Pope has said that it is necessary to respect the world's religions and avoid harming religious sensibilities. Pope Benedict XVI was speaking after deadly protests in Libya and Nigeria over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

But the head of the Catholic Church said that violence could not be justified as a response to offences.

The cartoons have caused anger across the Islamic world and at least 44 people have died in protests... Speaking to the new Moroccan ambassador to the Vatican, Pope Benedict said religious symbols must be respected to promote peace and understanding between different peoples.

'It is necessary and urgent that religions and their symbols are respected, and that believers are not the object of provocations that harm their progress and their religious feelings,' he said."