As they say in Private Eye
Speaking at the modern King Hussein bin Talal Mosque in Amman, he (the Pope) struck a note of harmony and shared purpose between the world's two largest faith groups, urging Christians and Muslims to jointly defend religion from political manipulation.
I prefer to turn that phrase around.
It seems to me we need to defend politics from religious manipulation. Political manipulation is the Catholic church's no. 1 job.
As for Islam ... how can anyone, especially the Pope keep a straight face while saying Islam needs to be defended from politcal manipulation?