Silly old Pope.
Silly old Muslims.
Of course Islam has a history or violence. I don't know the Koran, but either that text about spreading the faith with the sword is in there or it's not. If it's in there I don't know what the beef is about.
But then most Muslims are as ignorant of the Koran as most Christians are ignorant of the Bible.
And if the Koran is violent, so is the Bible. And not only the Old Testament.
"Don't imagine that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword! " Who said that? Not Mohammed, but Jesus. Matthew 10. 34.
Neither Christianity nor Islam is a religion of peace. Check the record. Religion is a divisive force. Especially when it's montheistic.
OK, secular ideologies are equally divisive. People like killing one another. Full stop.
So the Pope shouldn't have said what he said. It was undiplomatic of him. It was arrogant, divisive, unhelpful, partisan-
But it wasn't untrue.