Pope Benedict says he is sorry if Muslims have been upset by his comments on the religion. In a statement issued by the Vatican, the Pope expresses regrets that people were offended by his speech on Tuesday and says he hopes Muslim will understand the true sense of his words.
In his speech, he quoted a 14th Century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Mohammed had brought the world only “evil and inhuman” things. The leader of the Roman Catholic church has been under growing pressure to make an apology since delivering his speech on Tuesday. Many Muslims say his remarks appeared to endorse a view that the early Muslims spread their religion through violence.