Saturday, October 28, 2006
POPE Benedict XVI today urged European Union countries to respect the rights of immigrant communities, saying dialogue between members of different faiths was essential to avoid a rise in xenophobia.
Without referring to his speech in September when he offended Muslims by appearing to link Islam with violence, Benedict said Europe must make more effort to respect foreign customs and people's rights.
"Today the ever more numerous arrival of immigrants and the multiplication of communities of a different culture or country of origin on the same soil makes it absolutely necessary in our societies (to have) a dialogue between cultures and religions," he said. Click here.