Recognition of Islam’s early attempts at religious dialogue.
Please do notice that the al-AP injects a bit of opinion into its article when referring to the previous Pontiff, Pope Benedict, saying that he ”stumbled significantly” in relations with Islamic leaders. Speaking the truth about Islam should never be understood as stumbling, on the contrary, it’s called showing some spine.
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached”
Pope Francis gives church hundreds of new saints
VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis on Sunday gave the Catholic church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonization ceremony Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square. Email this Story
May 12, 7:00 AM (ET)
By FRANCES D’EMILIO
The “Martyrs of Otranto” were 813 Italians who were slain in the southern Italian city in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity.
Their approval for sainthood was decided upon by Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, in a decree read at the ceremony in February where the former pontiff announced his retirement.
Shortly after his election in March, Francis called for more dialogue with Islam, and it was unclear how the granting of sainthood to the martyrs would be received. Islam is a sensitive subject for the church, and Benedict stumbled significantly in his relations with Muslims.