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German cardinal tarred as 'Antichrist' for defending Muslims
by Rosie Scammell
A German Catholic leader's defense of religious freedom has triggered a backlash after anti-Muslim statements by far-right politicians in the country.
Editor-in-Chief Ingo Brueggenjuergen of the Catholic broadcaster Dom Radio, which ran the interview with Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne earlier this week, said in a commentary Wednesday (April 27) that some critics are claiming the cardinal is out to destroy the Catholic Church.
"These self-appointed saviors of the Christian West who are looking for an absolute antichrist should take a look in the mirror," he said. The editor added that in his views, Woelki was "in good company" with Pope Francis and his immediate predecessors who talked about Muslims as brothers in faith.
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