Verbatim: Sep. 25, 2006

"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." POPE BENEDICT XVI, quoting the 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus during a lecture in Germany

"The Holy Father is very sorry that some passages of his speech may have sounded offensive to the sensibilities of Muslim believers." VATICAN SECRETARY OF STATE TARCISIO BERTONE, reading a statement of apology after the Pope's remarks sparked a worldwide furor

"The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our...

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