While visiting Germany in September, Pope Benedikt XVI. got together with representatives of Islamic associations and communities in Berlin. According to the ZEIT, during this meeting, the Pope acknowledged the presence of Muslims as one permanent characteristic of German society and approved of the “atmosphere of mutual respect and trust” that has grown between the Catholic Church and Muslim communities.


On his visit to Germany five years ago, the Pope had stirred up anger amongst Germany’s Muslim community with a controversial speech on Islam and its (alleged) relation to violence.

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