The Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church, has strongly condemned the recent desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden. Expressing his anger and revulsion, he denounced the authorization of burning the sacred book of Islam.In a significant statement addressing the burning of Quran copies in Sweden, the Pope emphasized the importance of respecting all books considered holy as a way to honor and show consideration for those who hold them sacred.
He unequivocally condemned the act of burning the Quran as unacceptable and contrary to the principles of respect. The Pope emphasized that freedom of expression should never be misused as a justification to offend or disrespect others.
Underlining the mission of the Catholic Church, the Pope highlighted the imperative of fostering cooperation, fraternity, and tangible acts of goodness based on religious unity. The burning of religious texts runs counter to these principles and obstructs the promotion of mutual understanding and respect among diverse faith communities.
The incident involved a 37-year-old individual of Iraqi descent who tore and burned a Quran in Stockholm, Sweden, with the authorization of the Swedish government and under police protection.
This act has sparked outrage among Muslims worldwide, leading to calls for their respective governments to sever ties with Sweden in response to the desecration of their holy book. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed deep concern over the incident and has urged its 57 member states to collectively take action to prevent similar instances of Quran burning in the future.
Consequently, the OIC has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss effective measures aimed at safeguarding Islamic sanctities and preventing acts of sacrilege against the Quran and other symbols of the Islamic faith.