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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
8: The Vatican demonstrating intolerance for the Muslims in Europe. Possibility
of the Pope speaking negatively toward the Muslim faith, its beliefs and the
Qur’an. He could conceivably call for a new "crusade" against Islam.
Pope's private secretary warns of
Islamization of Europe
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary warned of the Islamization of
Europe and stressed the need for the continent's Christian roots not to
be ignored, in comments released Thursday.
"Attempts to Islamize the west cannot be denied," Monsignor Georg
Gaenswein was quoted as saying in an advance copy of the weekly
Sueddeutsche Magazin to be published Friday.
"The danger for the identity of Europe that is connected with it should
not be ignored out of a wrongly understood respectfulness," the magazine
quoted him as saying.
Gaenswein also defended a speech Benedict gave last year linking Islam
and violence, saying it was an attempt by the pontiff to "act against a
Muslims around the world protested against Bendict's speech, with
churches set ablaze in the West Bank and a hard-line Iranian cleric
saying the pope was united with US President George W. Bush to "repeat
An Italian nun was also gunned down in a Somali hospital where she
worked, and the Vatican expressed concern that the attack was related to
reaction to the pope's remarks.
Recently, the influential archbishop of Cologne, Joachim Meisner, said
in a widely-publicized interview on Deutschlandfunk radio that the
"immigration of Muslims has created a breach in our German, European