Looks like Arabic will be added to the list of languages used during Papal audiences. Eh. Sounds fine to me. There are plenty of Christians in Arabic lands, and it doesn’t hurt to get the message out to Arabic speaking Muslims. On the other hand, it’s not hard to see that the Vatican has been spending massive amounts of energy reaching out to Muslims, and sometimes being far less harsh in its condemnation of Islamic acts than its rather harsh and immediate smack downs of America or Israel in similar situations. Not that the Vatican hasn’t gotten on Muslims when it comes to Christians, especially Catholics, being killed. But on the whole, there is obviously a much greater emphasis on outreach and measured responses to the Arabic and Islamic worlds than to, say, traditional Western domains. Why? Hard to say. But it’s hard to miss as well.
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