Pope Benedict XVI, who has been harshly criticized by Muslims for remarks about Islam, said Thursday that true tolerance must be based on respect and the Catholic Church is not trying to forcibly instill its message.
"The church doesn't impose. It doesn't force anyone to accept the message of the Gospel," Benedict said at a ceremony at his summer palace in Castel Gandolfo to receive the credentials from Germany's new ambassador to the Holy See.
"For this reason, the encounter with others must be marked by tolerance and cultural openness," the pope said. "True tolerance always presupposes respect for the other, for man, who was created by God, whose existence was wanted by God." Read More.