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In Harm’s Way

If Pope Benedict XVI goes ahead with the trip to Turkey, he will be surrounded by millions of angry, easily offended Muslims who are already boiling mad at him and the rest of the world in general. If anything at all happens to the Pope during this visit, there will be hell to pay ... literally. If he even so much as gets a scatch on his head, it will be time to rain fire and brimstone down on the sorry bastards. They have been begging for a fight for decades now. This could be the match that lights the fuse that blows it all up. Stay tuned ...

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Steve Breen — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pope’s Turkey Visit Still On Despite Muslim Anger
(IRISH EXAMINER) - September 18, 2006 7:39 PM

Catholic bishops met in Istanbul today and decided the Pope’s visit to Turkey in November should go ahead despite anger in the Islamic world over his comments about Islam and holy war, Vatican spokesman George Marovic said.

Marovic, spokesman for the Vatican in Turkey, said the trip was expected to be held as planned and the bishops had discussed details of a religious ceremony the pontiff is to lead in Istanbul.

A chorus of voices in Turkey has been calling for Pope Benedict XVI to cancel his visit – his first to a Muslim country as pontiff – if he does not apologise for his remarks, which have been interpreted as derogatory to Islam.

Also today, police detained a pro-Islamic protester who forced his way into the International Protestant Church in Ankara with the threat of a fake gun and locked himself in a room, threatening to blow up the church if the pope visited Turkey, private CNN-Turk television reported.

Police captured and detained the man. The man reportedly did not possess any explosives and it was not clear if he was mentally unstable. State Minister Mehmet Aydin, who oversees religious affairs in Turkey, said that he expected Turkish authorities to cancel the pope’s visit if Benedict did not offer a full apology.

“We are expecting the authorities to unilaterally cancel this visit. The pope’s coming to Turkey isn’t going to foment the uniting of civilisations, but a clash of civilisations,” Aydin said.

The bishops’ meeting in Istanbul was scheduled long ago and was closed to the press, Vatican officials said. There was no official announcement after the meeting.

The pope’s comments – in which he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who linked Islam and violence and characterised some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman” – have dominated news coverage for several days in Turkey and across much of the Muslim world.

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Jeff Koterba — Omaha World Herald


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