Pope to Meet Muslims While Visiting Germany

20.07.2011

The Vatican announced that Pope Benedikt XVI. is planning on meeting with Muslim and Jewish communities while visiting Germany in September this year. These meetings are especially important to the Pope: Meeting representatives of Germany’s Jewish community is meaningful against the backdrop of the killing of Jews during the Nazi regime; reaching out to Germany’s Muslim communities by meeting their representatives is important in light of the Pope’s speech from 2006, which was interpreted as linking Islam and violence.