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JPII kisses the
May 14, 1999 - John Paul II kisses the
Koran (Qu'ran) at the Vatican.
To the objectors who claim that this book was not the Koran, we present an
excerpt from an interview with FIDES News Service (June 1, 1999). In it,
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael I affirmed that he was present when John
Paul II kissed the Muslim "holy" book:
"On May 14th I was received by the Pope, together
with a delegation composed of the Shi'ite imam of Khadum mosque and the Sunni
president of the council of administration of the Iraqi Islamic Bank. There was
also a representative of the Iraqi ministry of religion. ....
"At the end of the audience the Pope bowed to the Muslim holy book, the
Qu'ran, presented to him by the delegation, and he kissed it as a sign of
respect. The photo of that gesture has been shown repeatedly on Iraqi
television and it demonstrates that the Pope is not only aware of the suffering
of the Iraqi people, he has also great respect for Islam."
For the full text of the interview,
Posted June 21, 2004
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