CAIR-FL: MUSLIMS, CATHOLICS TRY TO MEND AFTER POPE’S SPEECH
At the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., last week nuns’ veils mingled with those of Muslim women as 300 Catholics and Muslims gathered to hear an Islamic scholar discuss faith with a cardinal who some day could be pope.
Cardinal Angelo Scola, of Venice, who publishes Oasis, a multilingual journal of Catholic-Muslim dialogue, spoke of Muslims as “brothers and sisters.”. . .
The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, for example, raised money to repair six West Bank churches that were fire-bombed after the pope’s speech.
“While we were upset about the pope’s comments, we were more upset that individuals who may claim to be Muslim would use violence to try to respond to the pope’s remarks,” said Ahmed Bedier, executive director of CAIR’s Tampa chapter.
“We were helping those churches, but also helping to heal those Catholic-Muslim tensions that existed,” Mr. Bedier said.