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The private secretary of Pope Benedict XVI warned of an impending Islamization of Europe. "The attempt at Islamification should not be underestimated" Georg Gänswein told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin". "The associated risk for Europe's identity cannot be ignored out of a false sense of respect."
Gänswein also defended the controversial Regensburg speech the Pope in September last year. The head of the church had only wanted to warn "against a certain naivety act" , said the private secretary. With a quotation from a Byzantine Emperor that those who followed Islam were "only evil and inhuman," the Pope had triggered massive worldwide protests by Muslims.
In addition to the confrontation with Islamm the dialogue with the Eastern Churches is important, Gänswein said. The split between the Orthodox and the Catholic Church must be overcome. "The restoration of full unity in faith is certainly a big goal," said the secretary. It was also necessary for the question of the position of the Pope to be clarified, he admitted. "But it is a scandal that Christianity is still divided."