John on October 22, 2006 at 6:42 pm
Oriana Fallaci, who died last month, has donated her personal library of books and papers to Pope Benedict XVI. This comes as a surprise to many as she was a confirmed atheist:
Oriana Fallaci had described the pontiff as an ally in her campaign to rally Christians in Europe against what she saw as a Muslim crusade against the West. As she battled breast cancer last year, she had a private audience with Benedict, who was elected only a few months earlier, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
Here’s my favorite part of the article:
In one of her final interviews, Fallaci told The Wall Street Journal: “I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true.”
I think that’s right. As America begins its retreat from confrontation of Islamic militancy in Iraq and elsewhere, it’s heartening that this pope seems to understand what is at stake at this time in history.
For non-regular readers, don’t miss this related post from a few days ago. As this UPI story notes, this coming Friday is the one-year anniversary of the 2005 riots. No doubt the current level of vandalism (112 cars torched per night) will go up dramatically this week.
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