What Islam says about the United States

ROME — If the Obama administration were to go to war in the Muslim world, it would be a war of religion, the head of the Vatican’s diplomatic service said on Thursday, citing the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The pope, in his first interview since a video of his address to the United Nations was released last week, said it is wrong to say that Muslims are not Christians or Jews.

He said Muslims believe in “universal brotherhood,” and that “this universal brotherhood is in no way bound up with the religion of Islam, as is so often believed.”

The pope also said that the Islamic faith is the best source of spiritual guidance.