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POPE APOLOGIZES...Vatican Expert: "This Is Really, Really Abnormal, It's Never Happened As Far As I Know"...

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Pope Benedict XVI sought today to extinguish days of anger and protest among Muslims by issuing an extraordinary personal apology for remarks he made referring to Islam as "evil and inhuman."

"I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," the 79-year-old pope told pilgrims at the summer papal palace of Castel Gandolfo, "which were considered offensive."

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