"Sailing to Byzantium
John Berwick International Herald Tribune
Published: September 29, 2006
BERLIN The pope has apologized. That's truly remarkable: Pious popes may go to confession, but they don't generally make public apologies.
True, Benedict hasn't actually admitted he did anything wrong, but he has said he's sorry that his remarks on violence and Islam in a lecture at Regensburg University were 'misconstrued' and that they hurt Muslims. The press seems to have decided that this is an 'apology'. And most Muslim leaders have accepted it as such."
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