Muslim Leader Backs Pope's Plea to Terrorists

ROME, JULY 12, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Muslim League in Italy described as “noble” Benedict XVI’s call to terrorists to give up violence.

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“God loves life, which he has created, not death. Stop, in the name of God!” the Holy Father exclaimed Sunday in his Angelus address.

“Undoubtedly, it is a noble appeal, an appeal which we share,” Mario Scialoja said on Monday in statements on Vatican Radio.

“Terrorism of Islamic origin is a political plan. We, Muslims, cannot kill either in the name of God. God, as the Holy Father said precisely, loves life, not death,” stressed the Muslim leader.

“Whoever invokes the name of God or religion, trying to hide behind religion to commit terrorist acts, in which innocent civilians lose their lives, blasphemes against his own religion and against the name of God,” he added.

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