POPE BENEDICT XVI said on Sunday he was “deeply sorry” about the angry reaction to his remarks on Islam and holy war, saying the text he quoted did not reflect his personal opinion.
“These (words) were in fact a quotation from a medieval text which do not in any way express my personal thought,” Benedict said. “I wish to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims,” he said.
It was unclear if his words would end the backlash. Mohammed Habib, deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, first said it was “a sufficient apology”, but later said: “It does not rise to the level of a clear apology and, based on this, we're calling on the pope to issue a clear apology that will end any confusion.”
On Tuesday, the pope cited the words of a Byzantine emperor who characterised some teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as “evil and inhuman” — remarks that touched off anger across the Muslim world. Agencies