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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 17, 2006 09:22 AM

***scroll for updates…must-read for vital historical perspective: Andrew Bostom at The American Thinker on the Pope, the Byzantine Empire, jihad, and “dialogue”…***

Shot in the back three times. Fox News says four times in the back by two “armed gunmen” with pistols. The elderly victim worked at a hospital for mothers and children. Her bodyguard and another hospital worker were also murdered.

Animals. Cowards. Barbarians.

Watch as everyone strains to say this hate slaying has nothing to do with jihad and it was “not clear it had anything to do” with Muslim rage over the Pope (hat tip: SOS):

An Italian nun was shot dead at a hospital by Somali gunmen Sunday, hours after a leading Muslim cleric condemned Pope Benedict XVI for his remarks on Islam and violence.

The nun, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the back at S.O.S. Hospital in northern Mogadishu by two gunmen, said Mohamed Yusuf, a doctor at the facility, which serves mothers and children. The nun’s bodyguard and a hospital worker were also killed, doctors said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, and it was not clear if it was directly linked to the pope’s comments. Two people had been arrested, said Yusuf Mohamed Siad, head of security for the Islamic militia that controls Mogadishu.

More details from BBC:

The nun, who has not been named, is believed to be in her seventies.

The nun was taken into surgery in the Austrian-funded SOS Hospital, in Huriwa district, but she died from her injuries.

A fluent Somali speaker, the nun was one of the longest-serving foreign members of the Catholic Church in Somalia, a former Italian colony.

10am update. The Italian nun has not been named yet, but she may belong to the Consolata Missionaries, which has had a long established presence in Somalia and helps run programs at the SOS hospital, where the victim, her bodyguard, and one other worker were killed.

Here’s more on the SOS hospital in Mogadishu, the clients, and the services provided.

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I remind you again of Somalia’s top jihadi cleric’s call for death:

Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin urged Muslims to find the pontiff and punish him for insulting the Prophet Mohammed and Allah in a speech that he said was as offensive as author Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

“We urge you Muslims wherever you are to hunt down the Pope for his barbaric statements as you have pursued Salman Rushdie, the enemy of Allah who offended our religion,” he said in Friday evening prayers.

“Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim,” Malin, a prominent cleric in the Somali capital, told worshippers at a mosque in southern Mogadishu.

“We call on all Islamic Communities across the world to take revenge on the baseless critic called the pope,” he said.

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Here’s the word on the Pope’s weekly blessing this morning. Read closely. He’s not sorry for what he said. Good:

I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims,” he told pilgrims at his Castelgandolfo summer residence.

“These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought. I hope this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect,” he said.

The comments, part of his regular Sunday Angelus blessing, came at his first public appearance since making the comments on Tuesday. Italian media said security at Castelgandolfo had been tightened.

A bit of clueless editorializing thrown in by the reporter:

It was not immediately clear if the apology would go far enough for Muslim countries and religious groups who remained angry at what they said portrayed Islam as a religion tainted with violence.

Oh, it is very clear. Very clear.

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Here are the Pope’s full remarks this morning:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The pastoral visit which I recently made to Bavaria was a deep spiritual experience, bringing together personal memories linked to places well known to me and pastoral initiatives towards an effective proclamation of the Gospel for today.

I thank God for the interior joy which he made possible, and I am also grateful to all those who worked hard for the success of this pastoral visit. As is the custom, I will speak more of this during next Wednesday’s general audience.

At this time, I wish also to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims.

These in fact were a quotation from a Medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought.

Yesterday, the Cardinal Secretary of State published a statement in this regard in which he explained the true meaning of my words. I hope that this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect.

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Rick Moran: You cannot appease the unappeasable.

Kathy Shaidle points to this Muslim paper accusing the Pope of “going berserk” and expressing shock and puzzlement at being “maliciously demonised by mischievous elements in the Christian West.”

Kathy’s response:

“Here’s a clue: stop flying airplanes into buildings, stop shooting nuns in the back, stop setting fires everytime your itty bitty wittle feewings are hurt over the slightest of slights — and we’ll stop with the “demonising”, m’kay?”

Pajamas Media is rounding up all of this morning’s developments.

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