Vatican distances Pope from views of baptized Muslim

One day after Vatican baptism, Muslim-born and Catholic-convert journalist Magdi Allam wrote that Islam is physiologically violent and historically confliction. In the midst of talks with Muslim leaders and intellectuals, the Vatican has come under fire for allowing a Muslim to be baptized in such a public way. The Vatican newspaper stressed however, that this inter-religious dialogue is of extreme importance and that Allam’s baptism was a papal gesture aimed at stressing religious freedom, and that no hostile intentions were meant towards Islam. Reverend Federico Lombardi said that Allam has the right to express his own ideas.