Letter to the Editor: The Humble Pope

"Muslims and Catholics share a common goal of peace in this world," reader writes.

Dear Editor:

Pope Benedict's resignation came as a shock to the entire world.

As a Muslim, I was taken aback when I heard the news. I remember the day that Pope John Paul the 2nd left his post to approach the heavens. I shed many tears that day.

Today, I look on with admiration to see a man resign the authority of the papacy for the betterment of his faith and his people. Not many in this world have that strength of constitution. I, as every Muslim should, pray for his health, and for the peaceful reign of his successor.

Muslims and Catholics share a common goal of peace in this world. And with every generation that passes, that goal can become more and more achievable.


Mahir Osman, Rochester Hills

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Patricia February 17, 2013 at 05:17 PM
That was a very nice letter-peace has to start somewhere and it starts with respect. I hope we see more respect and communication in our neighborhoods, communities and the world in general. If we don't have peace and respect, we don't have a good future for the children. I hope the new Pope will understand that the Catholic Church must be brought forward and changes need to be made. Thank you Mahir for your unexpected letter during a time where the Pope's resignation is still clouded concerning many issues and his fragility certainly one. I to pray for peace and respect in this world and I am Catholic.
Daryl Patrishkoff February 17, 2013 at 05:47 PM
This is a rare act by someone in a powerful position, selfless and stepping down for the good of the Catholic Church. This is a great example for all leaders of any organization, it is not about them, it is about the organization and what it needs to thrive. I was raised Baptist, I am now non-denominational and call myself a Christian, not in an organized religion. I really respect what the pope has done and I wish the Catholic Church well as they select their next pope. All Religions have had their challenges, we are all human and the evil forces loves to attack and make trouble for them. We all need to understand that all religions are there for doing well and showing their God as a fine entity. The humans are the imperfect ones that fall to sin, not the religion.


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