So the Pope reads from a book and says the following: Source
Benedict quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
“The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war,” the pope said. “He said, I quote, ‘Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”’
Benedict did not explicitly agree with the statement nor repudiate it
Not very politically correct, but then again the passage is 700 years old – written at a time when Islam controlled Spain and was expanding through the Balkans.
“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence,” (Pakistani) Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.
So anyone who says that Islam is intolerant is shown that Islam is in fact, intolerant through violence. Hmmm…
Perhaps Benedict hasn’t forgotten that the last Pope was nearly killed by a Muslim.