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Hundreds in Pakistan Protest Against Pope

Hundreds of Muslims in several Pakistani cities held street protests after prayers Friday to condemn Pope Benedict XVI for remarks that they consider anti-Islamic.

An opposition alliance of religious-based parties called the Muttehida Majlis-e-Amal or United Action Front organized the protests.

Prayer leaders also condemned the pope during Friday sermons around the country.

Emotions have been high in the Muslim world since the Roman Catholic leader quoted a 14th century emperor who called some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad evil and inhumane.

The pontiff spoke about the Prophet last week to scholars in Germany. Since then, he has acknowledged that his remarks were open to misinterpretation and he has apologized for them. He insists that he did not intend to endorse a negative view of Islam and that the comments did not reflect his personal opinions.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.