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9/21/2006 - Council on American Islamic Relations Tampa Director Ahmed Bedier delivers seed money to the Catholic Diocese for the purpose of repairing damaged churches caused by riots over the recent Pope comments.
Muslims in the United States are raising money to help rebuild churches damaged in the protests and met with a Vatican envoy to call for more interfaith dialogue.
In Tampa, a branch of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations gave $5,000 to help repair the churches in the West Bank and Gaza. Council officials said it was the first gift in a national fundraising campaign. CAIR has criticized the pope's Sept. 12 speech at Regensburg University in Germany, but it has also condemned the violent protests.
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