In general, newspapers underlined the will to dialogue and respect for Islam. But a few still insist on apologies and recall the Crusades.
Faysah RPM Dumarpa, elected in the district of Lanao del Sur, has encouraged the global Muslim community to understand the pontiff's words in Regensburg and to celebrate Ramadan in peace and understanding.
Muslim militias have forced Christians to pin up posters condemning the words of Benedict XVI in Regensburg. But religious leaders, including al Sistani, have expressed their friendship with the Apostolic Nunciature. And the representative of the Iraqi Shiite leader would like to meet the pope.
Meeting diplomatic envoys from 22 Muslim majority countries, Benedict XVI upheld the value of "inter-religious and inter-cultural" dialogue among believers of different religions in a world that tends to exclude the value of transcendence. There was mention of the need for reciprocity in religious freedom. The entire text of the pope's speech has been published, translated in Arabic too.
Benedict XVI upheld the Sister killed in Somalia as an example of "artisans of peace". He called for prayers for men of the sea and their families.
Foreigners, Armenians and minorities have taken to the streets, but the "students" have not. Tomorrow, however, the Islamic Propagation Office has called a rally in Teheran to "show anger and hatred".
Religious services are scheduled as well as a roundtable with Christian and Muslim representatives, and a candlelit procession in the heart of Beirut. Mgr Matar has called on all to read the text of the address of Benedict XVI.
After meeting the Nuncio, the head of Sunni clerics called for respect for the personality of Benedict XVI and urged one and all to pursue the path of dialogue.
At the general audience, Benedict XVI said that at Regensburg, while tackling the topic of faith and reason, he had maintained that "not religion and violence but religion and reason go together". It was a call "to dialogue both among religions and between modern reason and Christian faith".
After the attacks in Gaza and West Bank that followed the address of the pope in Germany, strong security measures have been put in place around sensitive targets. Palestinian Christians say Benedict XVI does not need to apologize; at the most, he only needs to clarify. But meanwhile, out of fear, some people have hidden their photos of the pontiff.
In the eyes of many Iranians, Benedict XVI enjoys considerable moral prestige for his criticism of the links between religion and violence. But Christians face the threat of increased marginalization.
Stops in Ankara, Istanbul and Ephesus are planned. The press is divided in its judgment about whether the pope's words in Castel Gandolfo yesterday qualify as a public apology or not.
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India has told AsiaNews that the recent protests against the speech of Benedict XVI in Regensburg are a great gift to the Church, to be used at this historic moment in time to launch serious and lasting inter-faith dialogue.
Palestine, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and even The New York Times have called on the pope to apologise. There are calls for Muslim ambassadors to leave the Vatican. Syria, Iran and al-Qaeda could play games.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, new Vatican Secretary of State, today issued a statement clarifying the words of Benedict XVI in Regensburg.
The media shrouded the trip to Germany in silence, broken only to refer to a citation against Islam used by Pope Ratzinger, indicated as an example of what can be expected from the visit of an anti-Islamic in Turkey. The details of the papal trip have been laid down.
A Turkisk government official asks for the Pope's trip to be cancelled, Pakistan's parliament is asking for a retractation, Muslim Brotherhood for an apology. Catholic schools closed "for precaution" in two Indian states. But there are also those who are requesting clarifications and are saying that the Pope did not mean to offend.
We present in full the address delivered by Benedict XVI today at the University of Regensburg. There is a note from the Holy See press office: The Holy Father intends to supply a subsequent version of this text, complete with footnotes. The present text must therefore be considered provisional.