Pope Benedict and Prominent Atheist Agree
KANSAS CITY STAR, Oct. 22 — A late Italian journalist, author and self-described atheist left most of her books and notes to the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome because of her admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, the Star reported.
Oriana Fallaci, who died of breast cancer Sept. 15, 2006 at the
age of 77, had described the Holy Father as an ally in her campaign to rally
At the time of her death, she was on trial in northern
In one of her final interviews, Fallaci told The Wall Street Journal: “I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true.”
Pope Calls for End to Sectarian
REUTERS, Oct. 22 — Pope
Benedict called on Iraqis and religious and political leaders worldwide on
World Mission Sunday to stop the violence between religious factions in
The Pope used his
regular address to send “cordial greetings” to Muslims celebrating the end of
their annual Ramadan fast (see story on this page). “In dramatic contrast with
this happy atmosphere there comes news from
The U.S.-backed Iraqi government is led by Shiite Muslims who are struggling to rein in Shiite militias battling Sunnis in a sectarian conflict that kills about 100 Iraqis every day.
Since the Pope’s
speech, Christians in
Capuchins Help Muslims Rebuild Mosque
AKI, Oct. 16 —
Capuchin priests in the northern Italian port city of
The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that the Capuchins will give land to the Muslims close to their convent in exchange for a building nearby owned by the Islamic community.
As part of the peculiar “trade” agreement, the friars will reportedly partly build the new mosque, which according to Corriere will become Italy’s third largest.
The mosque will be
paid for by Waqf al-Islami,
a funding body of