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교황  베네딕트 16세, 종교들간의 대화 증진 촉구 (영문첨부)


로마 카톨릭교 교황 베네딕트 16세는 최근 파문을 불러 일으키고 있는 자신의 이슬람 관련 발언이 각 종교들간의 대화를 불러오기를 희망한다고 말했습니다.

교황 베네딕트 16세는 바티칸의 성 베드로 광장에서 가진 주례 미사에서 지난주 독일에서 행한 강연 내용은 자신의 개인적 견해를 반영한 것이 아니라고 재차 강조했습니다.

교황은 또 모든 믿음의 신자들, 특별히 회교도들을 깊이 존중한다고 말했습니다.

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Pope Benedict has expressed a deep respect for Islam during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

The pontiff said today (Wednesday) that his controversial speech to a German university last week was intended as a call for dialogue among the world's religions. He said he deeply respects the followers of all faiths, particularly Muslims.

Benedict says a medieval quote he used in his speech linking Islam to violence was misunderstood, and does not reflect his personal views.

The pope has already said he his deeply sorry for the reaction to the address, which sparked several days of protests in Muslim countries.

The controversial quote used by Benedict is from a 14th century Byzantine emperor, who called some of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad evil and inhumane.

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