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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Pope Challenges Islamic Fascism -- Defends Christianity

If anyone wondered whether the heartache of the last few weeks would persuade Benedict XVI to dial down his challenge to Islam on “reciprocity,” Vatican argot for the religious freedom of Christians and other minorities in Muslim nations, Sept. 25 showed the pope instead more determined than ever...

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Pope Benedict said on Wednesday Christians could not allow their beliefs and identity to be diluted for the sake of dialogue with other religions.

"We have to remember that this identity of ours calls for strength, clarity, and courage in the world in which we live," he told pilgrims and tourists at his weekly general audience...

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The relatives of a Christian priest who was kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq have said that his Muslim captors had demanded his church condemn the pope's recent comments about Islam and pay a US$350,000 ransom.

They were speaking as more than 500 people attended a memorial service on Thursday for father Amer Iskender after his decapitated body was found in an industrial area of the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday.

Iskender was a priest at the St. Ephrem Orthodox church in Mosul.

"He was a good man and we all shed tears for him ... He was a man of peace," said Eman Saaur, a 45-year-old schoolteacher who said she attended Iskender's church regularly....

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