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Iranian Christian MPs condemn Pope's remarks

TEHRAN, Sept. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- The two Armenian Orthodox MPs of the Iranian Majlis issued a statement on Sunday condemning Pope Benedict XVI's offensive remarks about Islam.

In a speech on Tuesday, the Pope criticized Prophet Muhammad (S) by quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor who equated the propagation of Islam with violence.

The statement said the Pope's remarks were very surprising and regrettable.

"At this point in time, when the modern world is in need of calm and mutual understanding between religious leaders, politicians, scholars, and intellectuals, such remarks will have no other repercussion than fueling misunderstandings and provoking the religious sentiments of the faithful followers of divine religions," the MPs wrote.

"Islamic culture and civilization... has proven its ability to coexist with all religions and constructively cooperate with all other religions," they added.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council for the Cultural Revolution (SCCR) issued a statement denouncing the Pope's offensive remarks.

"The ignorant remarks by Pope Benedict XVI hurt the feelings of Muslims across the globe... How can one call Islam a religion of violence while it is indeed the last and most complete divine religion which preaches respect for other religions?" part of the statement read.

"Islam has always advocated peace and coexistence," the SCCR stressed, adding that the world needs harmony among all religions at this juncture.

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