I wish to commend Pope Benedict XVI for having the courage to express what modern man rarely has, in practice, the foresight to acknowledge, namely that "violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul".
Contrary to the claims of Islamic leaders, the Pope’s comments were nothing more than a decisive and uncompromising renunciation of the present cycle of violence in the name of religion as well as an invitation to dialogue between religions.
The violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world to the recent speech by Pope Benedict XVI justified one of the very fears expressed in that address. They showed the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats and actual violence.
Terrorism is and always will be a show of inhuman ferocity that, precisely for this reason, will never be able to solve conflicts among human beings. Only reason and love are the valid means of surpassing and resolving disputes between people. No situation of injustice, no feeling of frustration, no philosophy or religion can justify such an aberration.
When fundamental rights are violated, it is easy to fall prey to temptations of hatred and violence. Nonetheless, we must keep in check our base impulses and together work to build a global culture of solidarity that restores hope in the future to the young.
With respectful and cordial best wishes I remain,
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