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Religious leaders to discuss right of Christians to build churches in Muslim countries

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“If Muslims have places of worship in Europe then it is normal that the reverse should be true in societies where Muslims are the majority,”

11/05/2008 Islam (Telegraph.co.uk)-The unprecedented Catholic-Muslim forum has been convened to rebuild bridges between the two faiths after Pope Benedict XVI caused outrage by linking Islam with violence during a speech in 2006.

The Pope had to apologise for the speech in Regensburg , Germany , after quoting a medieval text which attacked some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed and implied that Islam was inherently violent.

The leader of the Catholic delegation, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, said Muslims were allowed to build mosques in Christian countries so it was only right that Islamic nations should reciprocate by allowing the construction of churches.

“If Muslims have places of worship in Europe then it is normal that the reverse should be true in societies where Muslims are the majority,” Cardinal Tauran told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix.

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