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Mecca On The Tiber
Twelve days after the College of Cardinals elected Pope Francis in 2013, a prominent journalist and member of the European Parliament announced he would leave the Catholic Church five years after converting from Islam.
Magdi Allam—a dedicated critic of Muslim extremism and an Egyptian immigrant whom Pope Benedict XVI personally baptized in 2008—wrote he would leave Catholicism because "this church is too weak against Islam."
For practically his entire pontificate, Francis has emphasized dialogue with Islam over challenging its leaders and forcefully defending the innocent—including Middle Eastern and African Christians facing persecution. The pope reached the nadir of fecklessness after Muslim terrorists murdered 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian magazine that published satirical cartoons of Muhammad. After saying "we cannot offend, make war, kill ... in the name of God," Francis made these breathtaking comments:
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