Ruh-Roh… Pope Condemns Violence in the Name of Religion
Look out… Here comes a fatwa…
The Pope condemned violence in the name of religion today.
This comes after radical Islamic Al-Qaeda members murdered 44 Christians and two priests in Baghdad last week.
A child walks past destroyed vehicles in a mainly Christian neighborhood of central Baghdad on November 10, following a spate of bomb attacks on Christian homes which killed at least three people and wounded 26, further panicking Iraq’s minority community days after an Al-Qaeda church massacre. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday condemned violence carried out “in the name of God” and called for the respect of religious freedoms in the Muslim world.
The pope said violence in the world is sometimes “presented in the guise of an inter-religious conflict,” adding that all religions should encourage ethical values and civil co-existence.
He also called for continued dialogue between Christians and Muslims and said this should be accompanied by mutual recognition of “the freedom to practice one’s religion in private and in public.”
The 83-year-old pontiff also praised Christians who stood up to their persecutors.
“I express my gratitude to all the Christian Churches who do not capitulate before obstacles and persecutions because of the Gospel,” he said.
The comments, contained in Benedict’s written conclusions to a 2008 Synod of bishops in Rome, follow the recent targeting of Christians in attacks in Baghdad.
Forty-four Christian worshippers and two priests were killed in an attack on a church service in Baghdad by Islamist gunmen on October 31 and the ensuing shootout when it was stormed by troops, while bombings killed six people and wounded 33 this week.
Hat Tip Valerie