Six held for inciting hatred in Italy

Italian police yesterday arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.

Stefano Fonsi, head of Brescia police's anti-terrorism squad in northern Italy, said the suspects allegedly banded together and met privately with the goal of stirring up religious hatred against non-Muslims, including the Pope. Investigators say they found literature exhorting Muslim immigrants against integrating into Italian society.