ROME, Sept. 17 ? Pope Benedict XVI sought Sunday to extinguish days of anger and protest among Muslims by issuing an extraordinary personal apology for having caused offense with a speech last week that cited a reference to Islam as ?evil and inhuman.?
?I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address,? the pope told pilgrims at the summer papal palace of Castel Gandolfo, ?which were considered offensive.??
?These were in fact quotations from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought,? the pope, 79, said in Italian, according to the official English translation.