So say CNN’s sources. He’ll discuss it during the weekly blessing, or “Angelus.” High noon in Rome, 6 a.m. here on the east coast. Audio will be available at some point on the Vatican website, but Benedict tends to deliver these things in his native language so I don’t know how useful it’ll be. Perhaps he’ll take the multilingual approach tomorrow given the interest in what he has to say.

Taking bets. Will he capitulate and make good on the groveling apology Muslim pride requires? Or will he gently reiterate that he’s sorry they’re offended before coughing up a few platitudes about the brotherhood of man?

We are, after all, all brothers, are we not?


Update: A mixed bag:

“… I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims,” he told pilgrims at his Castelgandolfo summer residence.

“These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought,” the Pope said at his weekly Angelus prayer.

“I hope this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect.”

In Iran, a senior cleric named Ahmad Khatami (no, not that Khatami) has an idea: “The Pope should fall on his knees in front of a senior Muslim cleric and try to understand Islam.”

Treacher’s got a first draft of the Pope’s apology.

Update: That fatwa‘s paying dividends already!

Update: Mary K notes that the Muslim Brotherhood has accepted the Pope’s non-apology.

Update: The boss has the full text of the Pope’s message, as well as details on the nun killed today in Somalia. Shocker: a “senior source” among Somalia’s Islamists tells Reuters there’s a “very high probability” the killing was related to the Pope’s comments. She’s been tentatively ID’d:

A nun from the Missionaries order identified her as sister Leonella Sgorbati, born in 1940, in Piacenza in northern Italy. In Somalia since 2002, she trained nurses at the SOS Kindergarten hospital.

The Italian government said the nun and two other Italian nuns working with her had been repeatedly advised to leave Somalia, which was formerly ruled by Italy.

Sunday’s death provoked scenes of mourning at the hospital.

“I was in class when I heard about six to eight shots, I ran out and saw sister bleeding,” Fatuma Hassan, 21, said. “We’re so sad. It’s a big loss.”

A startlingly honest assessment, via the AP:

“These gunmen always look for white people to kill, and now the pope gave them the reason to do their worst,” said Mohamud Durguf Derow, another witness.


Update: Jihad is God’s will, says the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia. Oh, and as for that earlier report about the Muslim Brotherhood accepting the Pope’s apology — consider it retracted.

Update: Ace notes the Pope’s expressed desire to “placate” Muslims. In the translation I posted, the word is … “appease.”

Just across on Fox: A Hamas spokesman says the Pope’s comments today don’t constitute an apology.

Update: People are writing in with links to this photo and saying, “what the hell?”


An e-mailer named “gianni” googled around and came up with this from IslamWeb:

Allaah, the Exalted and Sublime, has made Jihaad (fighting and struggling for His cause), a rewardable act that Muslims believe in and practice. In fact, Jihaad is looked upon as the “hump” of the camel, the highest most important point on the body of the camel, and a Muslim should regard it similarly. Struggle for the sole cause of Allaah Almighty must be cherished by the sincere believing Muslims in this life. It should be treated with reverence and taken seriously, with a mature understanding of its objectives. Jihaad is not an innovation in Islam. In fact, Jihaad is an accepted, well-established, and known practice in the previous faiths and nations as well.

By “Jihaad,” I don’t think they mean a “peaceful internal struggle.”

Update: Reader Niko K. points to an interview Oriana Fallaci gave earlier this year to none other than Flemming Rose, editor of the Danish newspaper that published the Mohammed cartoons. It’s not available in English as far as I can tell, but her remarks about the new Pope are:

[M]ake no mistake: intellectually he’s very sharp. I believe, Ratzinger is going to protect Europe and to defend the West, but it’s no easy job he’s got, it’s difficult to be President or King to a country, it’s difficult to paint or write, but being Pope, mama mia, mama mia! But I believe in him. When I told him, I was an atheist, he said: ‘If you don’t believe in God, then behave as if he existed.’ That’s so brilliant!

Update: An undated photo of Sister Leonella Sgorbati.



Update: Father Raymond de Souza calls out our brothers in monotheism in the National Post: “It does a disservice to children to call the wild-eyed statements and deranged behaviour of the past days childish.” Wear Kevlar, Father.