Pope Benedict Denounces Religious Terrorism at Assisi Conference …(Islamists, Are You Listening?)
Pope Benedict denounced religious terrorism today at the Assissi Conference, describing it as “the antithesis of religion” which “contributes to its destruction.”
Gee, who could he have been talking about?
Islamic terrorists have carried out 17,920 deadly attacks since 9-11.
Religious leaders joined with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday to denounce violence perpetrated in the name of their faiths, amid growing religious fanaticism across the world.
“No more violence, no more war, no more terrorism! Never again! In the name of God, that every religion bring justice and peace, forgiveness and life and love to the world!” the pope said at a ceremony in the Saint Francis basilica in Assisi, Italy.
The colourful crowd of religious representatives had taken a special train from Vatican City to Assisi, where Buddhist monks mixed with turbaned Sikhs, black-frocked patriarchs and Catholic cardinals in their red skull-caps.
The small group which waited under a leaden sky in the northern Italian city to meet them off the train was a far shout from the welcome crowd which greeted John Paul II at inter-religious councils in 1986 and 2002.
A frail-looking Benedict robed in white was the last to get off the train and walked slowly up to the basilica, greeting the delegation heads and members of the Franciscan order — founded by Saint Francis of Assisi — on his way.
Over 50 Islamic representatives were in attendance, alongside Jewish rabbis, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, a Zoroastrian, a Bahai and delegates of Taoism, Confucianism and traditional religions from Africa and America.