Benedict XVI

In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

Brushing off security concerns after a series of attacks by Islamic militants on Egypt's Coptic Christians, Francis rode through Cairo in a simple blue Fiat with his window rolled down — not the armored "popemobiles" of his predecessors.

And at every stop on his first day, he issued variations on the same hard-hitting theme: "No civilized society can be built without repudiating every ideology of evil, violence...