Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,395 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope brings optimism to region, says Iraqi prelate

Catholic World News - September 14, 2012

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon is bringing a “sense of optimism” to the entire Middle East region, an Iraqi prelate told the AsiaNews service.

Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad said that the papal visit will promote unity among the Christians of the region, and help ease tensions between Christians and Muslims. He remarked that the Vatican takes a serious approach to relations with the Islamic world, and the special Synod on the Middle East—whose work the Pope will conclude with the release of an apostolic exhortation—strongly encouraged friendly relations with Muslims.

In an obvious reference to the American-made movie Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world, Archbishop Sleiman said that “it is not in the Middle East that movies and acts that cause tensions are made." He added: “We are paying for people who think that freedom means doing whatever they want, humiliate or attack others.” While condemning violent reactions, the Iraqi prelate insisted that true freedom entails respect for others.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,773 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,226.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 7 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 11 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6