The Pope was absolutely correct in his analysis of Islam.
Compare Islam with Christianity:
Christ and his disciples were pacifists - as was His Church for the first few hundred years. Mohammed was a bloodthirsty murderer - personally responsible for thousands of deaths.
Early Christians were a persecuted minority. Muslims were persecutors from the very beginning.
Christ had no interest in material possessions. Mohammed was a merchant and a thief …
Christianity is a religion of love and enlightenment … Islam one of blood.
Mohammed spent most of his Medina years fighting domestic opponents and raiding caravans. During the 18 months after the first Hijira he carried out 7 raids on merchant caravans making their way to Mecca.
He took bounty and slaves and killed many people. His goal was to build up the wealth of his followers to attract more and to weaken Mecca economically before attacking it.
When Muslims try to deny this ask them about the battle of Badr. Ask about the fate of the Quraiza who in 627 were massacred. The tribe’s approximately 700 men were brought in small groups to trenches dug the previous day, made to sit on the edge, then beheaded one by one and their bodies thrown in. The women and children were sold into slavery and the poceeds (as well as the tribes possessions) were divided among the Muslims… etcetera …
There’s much to ask. Sadly, though, too many in the non-Muslim world believe the web of lies spread by the Imams and their fellow travellers.
Whilst there have been countless terrible crimes perpetrated in Christ’s name by so-called Christians, they were not ORDERED, sanctioned or accepted by Christ. They came long after ? many hundreds of years after His death. Mohammed, on the other hand, personally participated in murder.
Jesus Christ and his followers were not killers, robbers or slavers. Mohammed, and his early followers were. Christ never killed or robbed. Mohammed did.
The essential core of Christ’s message was ‘pacifist.’ The basic bedrock of Islam is ‘war.’
Killing in the name of Christ is clearly abhorrent and a perversion of His teaching. On the other hand, killing in the name of Mohammed is in line with his instructions and following his example.