...our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.Why does Pope Francis say this? It's patently untrue, for the Koran is chock-full of calls to kill Jews, Christians and other infidels.
This is part of the Pope's Evangelii Gaudium, in which he talks of "inter-faith dialogue". But does he get anything in return, from any Islamic leader? Why no, he does not.
A much more robust statement not he persecution of Christians in Muslim countries would have been rather more germane and better received.
[A little late on the scene, but interesting nonetheless, and with recent comment, from here]