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Iranian religious leader expects Pope to consider Qur’an as holy as the Gospels

Catholic World News - November 12, 2010

A senior Iranian religious leader told Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on November 11 that he expects Pope Benedict to consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and to condemn US actions in the region. Cardinal Tauran is the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

“We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah and condemn the disgraceful act of torching the Qur’an,” said Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli.

“Look to Iran’s east; people are killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan everyday. Look to the West; terror and killings continue daily in Iraq,” the grand ayatollah continued. Across the Middle East, murder happens daily.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Nov. 13, 2010 7:37 PM ET USA

    I sure hope the Holy Father recognises this for what itis, chutzpah!

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Nov. 13, 2010 7:03 PM ET USA

    The pope might say the Qu-ran should not be desecrated because it is a holy book for Muslims. He might even say Muslims and Christians pray to the same God. Beyond that, the mullahs can dream on. They have their faith, we have ours, and that's that.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 13, 2010 6:57 PM ET USA

    For Javadi-Amoli, jihad is not murder but obedience to Allah. For crusaders, their military operations in support the democratically-elected Islamic leaders in Baghdad and Kabul against common enemies constitute murder. This is taqiyya.

  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 13, 2010 2:15 PM ET USA

    600 years later and somehow God changed His mind about so many things and they want Pope to consider the Qur'an (written by/sayings of a pedophile-I forgot they were married)holy? Oh please....

  • Posted by: rguil18 - Nov. 12, 2010 10:48 PM ET USA

    We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah”. The Ayatollah is attempting to trick Pope Benedict XVI into a trap. If the Pope complies with his request he will be raising the words in the Qur’an to same level of truth and holiness as the words of Jesus Christ and the Old Testament prophets. Benedict XVI would be contradicting Christianity and upholding Islam. If he rejects his request it would be interpreted by Muslims as an offence to Islam and its prophet Muhammad. Either way the Ayatollah wins. However, the Ayatollah will never agree to say that the Gospels and the Torah are at the same level of holiness as the Qur’an (his life might be in danger)!!

  • Posted by: rpp - Nov. 12, 2010 5:38 PM ET USA

    Somehow, I just do not think that what this - man - claims will ever happen.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 12, 2010 8:31 AM ET USA

    "Across the Middle East, murder happens daily.” -- Yeah, Mr Ayatollah, these daily murders are perpetrated by your religion against those you call the infidel. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

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