Jordan: Official thanks pope for his 'regret'

The top religious adviser to Jordan's king thanked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday for his expression of "regret" after a 2006 speech that many Muslims deemed insulting to Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Prince Ghazni bin Mohammed spoke after giving Benedict a tour of the biggest and newest mosque in Jordan's capital, Amman, his second visit to a Muslim place of worship since becoming pope in 2005. Benedict is in Jordan on his first Middle East tour in which he hopes to improve strained ties with both Muslims and Jews. The pope angered many in the Muslim world three years ago when he quoted a Medieval text that characterized some of Islam's Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith.