Pope Francis reacts to burning of Quran in Stockholm

Pope Francis has denounced the Quran’s burning, which occurred recently in Stockholm when two individuals set fire to a copy of the Muslim holy book.

“I feel angry and disgusted by these actions,” he said. Local media reported on Monday.

“Any book considered holy must be respected out of respect for those who believe in it, and freedom of expression should never be used as an excuse to despise others,” Pope Francis added.

“Allowing this is rejected and condemned,” the Pope said.


On Wednesday, the first day of Muslims’ Eid al-Adha celebration, two men took part in a protest in the Swedish capital where the Islamic holy book was set ablaze.


Many nations with a large Muslim population denounced the incident and attacked Swedish officials, claiming that the conduct incited hatred and should not be considered to be protected free speech.

The latest was Saudi Arabia, where the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it had summoned the Swedish ambassador in Riyadh to express the Kingdom’s “categorical rejection of the disgraceful act carried out by an extremist.”


It called on the Swedish government “to stop all acts that directly contradict international efforts seeking to spread the values of tolerance, moderation and rejection of extremism.

“The Swedish government should not undermine the necessary mutual respect for relations between peoples and states,” Sweden said that the action was permitted under the country’s freedom of expression laws, but was not appropriate.

 



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