Pope decries attacks against religious minorities
Pope Benedict XVI's comments focused on religious intolerance and discrimination toward Christian minorities.
January 10th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Pope decries attacks against religious minorities

In his annual "State of the World" address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict XVI spoke Monday about religious intolerance and discrimination toward Christian minorities around the world.

The pope voiced concern about the recent attacks against Christians in the Middle East and urged the region's leaders to take stronger safeguard measures.

"Looking to the east, the attacks which brought death, grief and dismay among the Christians of Iraq, even to the point of inducing them to leave the land where their families have lived for centuries, has troubled us deeply. To the authorities of that country and to the Muslim religious leaders, I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security, continuing to contribute to the society in which they are fully members."

The pope repeated his call for religious tolerance in Egypt. He said an attack on Christians as they prayed in church was another example of the need for governments to protect their religious minorities.

The pope also condemned the recent assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province and asked Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws, saying that they are often used as an excuse for religious attacks on Christians. The kistani governor, Salman Taseer, had spoken in opposition to the blasphemy laws.

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  1. Philip

    @Kim...I agree with you wholeheartedly. What you posted is obvious. So obvious that I suspect most people know, but pretend not to understand for fear their boat might get rocked. And if they leave that big huge old boat, they might become drowned themselves. It takes a great deal of faith to let go and start swimming. Not so much as before, because so many have left that which you describe , as if to say 'look! we really can swim even though they said we can't'. Thanks to the swimmerrs!

    January 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GAY Catholic sinner

    Hey leave the pope alone guys ) hes is a human being too ) hes only human .

    January 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PartisanSheep

    Does the Catholic church still allow people to buy their way into heaven? I never knew what it was to be Lutheran until recently. I guess there was a split from the catholic practices of taking bribes in order to get into heaven. Basically if you're poor then you have to be a good obedient catholic, but the rich can sin as long as they pay-uh da pope-ah. Sounds like how things are now. The rich and powerful can sin with impunity while the common folk must behave.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Partisan...could be. I know at the Cryst Cathedral in socal the more you donate, the higher they place your name on a placard, as if getting closer to heaven. These religions are sooooo off base.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Lee Oates: You're right: Muslims are so good at it. They do all these suicide bombings in the Middle East killing innocent people. They brought down the Twin Towers. Of course you like that part, you ignorant wh*re.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. elles

    http://www.fcv2.com/show-15,N-9021-Qatar-Saudi-Arabia-United-Arab-Emirates-Dubai-f-c-v.html i am christian egyptian..this is what is happening in my country i hope it does nt happen to yours beware

    January 11, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Cesar...have you ever seen the Federal Government's physical evidence related to this? A now retired FDNY Merit Class 1 and Prentice award decorated fireman has it on display at his website: http://www.firefightersfor911truth.org Take a look. tomcat has, and you two might discuss it further.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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