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What the Pope Said

Pope Benedict XVI issued what may not be his last  apology over remarks he made Sept. 12 in Bavaria that left Muslims in an uproar. Scroll down to read what the ruckus is all about. As the fourth footnote, below, points out, the Vatican has revised the official English text (which I’ve taken from its Web site), apparently because the initial translation understated the degree to which the pope, in the original German, distanced himself from the controversial quotation.*

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*Correction:An earlier version of this column stated, incorrectly, that the pope never uttered the mollifying language belatedly inserted into the English-language text. Review of the videotaped speech by three individuals fluent in German establishes that the pope did indeed include that language.