VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican has denounced as "outrageous
and grave" plans by an American Christian minister to burn copies
of the Quran to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary.
The Vatican office responsible for relations with Islam issued a
stern statement Wednesday saying that every religion has the right
to respect and protect its sacred books, places of worship and
While deploring the terror attacks, the Pontifical Council for
Interreligious Dialogue said they "cannot be counteracted by an
outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a
Pastor Terry Jones of the small, evangelical Dove World Outreach
Center has said he would go ahead with plans to burn copies of
Islam's holy book this weekend despite opposition.
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