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Pope Benedict XVI (R) shakes hands with the Muslim mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric at the Vatican on November 6, 2008 , during the Vatican’s first-ever Catholic-Muslim forum. The pontiff stressed the importance of religious freedom in an address to the Vatican’s first Catholic-Islam forum. “Political and religious leaders have the duty of ensuring each individual’s freedom of conscience and freedom of religion,” Benedict said at the end of the three-day forum. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OSSERVATORE ROMANO (Photo credit should read OSSERVATORE ROMANO/AFP/Getty Images)