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

    The pope has no problems with his priest's in various countries recruiting young Catholics for wars, even if it means Catholic killing Catholic. His concern shown today is but a white-washing over his own stains and those who believe his lies. The pope is a bull-horn for the war-mongers. Hypocrites, for centuries. (and don't get me started on his protecting the criminal pedophile child-stalking priest's he and his have hidden from view for centuries)

    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      ^ Ignorant bigotry at its finest people.

      January 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. boomer

    did he happen to voice any concern about his priest molesting young boys?

    January 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dthomas

      Exactly – right on!

      January 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @boomer...only after it was disclosed he had been protecting them when he was a Bishop. He still approves of church money dedicated to God being spent defending pedophiles in court. NOT what I would calll true repentance. Who believes this molesting has stopped completely? And I noticed you took no issue with Catholics killing Catholics during wartime. It's often what a person doesn't say that is most revealing.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    Why couldn't all Pakistani girls be like her?

    January 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nobodys fool

    The pope needs to worry about priests having interests in boys.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Philip/Boomer: Do you have a problem? These Muslim MFrs are killing Christians. How do you feel about this?

    January 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Cesar...there were over 250,000 people living in Iraq who prefessed to be Christian before this "war on terror" started. Where are they now? What happened to them? They were all there before their homeland was invaded. How many are still alive? Were they killed by the invading "Christian Nation Warriors" like Blackwater? Were they simply casualties of war, as if that makes it OK Christians to kill Christians as long as it's an intentional accident. It is appalling that Muslims kill Christians. What is more appaling is when Christians kill Christians, even if it is over oil.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      So let me get this straight Philip, the level of atrocity is higher depending on who is killing who? Murdering another person is appalling period.

      Nice Catch-22 with the Pope btw. It's not okay for him to speak out against one evil, but if he doesn't you'll just complain when he speaks out against another evil. Real rational.

      January 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @neo...wrong. Christians killing Christians, both claim to be killing in the name of the same God. It's God's name being defamed where the difference is. How many Christians killed fellow Christians during WW2? No wonder people have a hard time believing in a loving God when those claiming to be his followers kill each other, egged-on by their very own religious and political leaders who also claim to be Christian. (and Pope's have been 'speaking out' for centuries, empty words)

    January 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Cesar...did you or anyone you know even wonder how many Christians were living in Iraq before the invasion began? I have NEVER read a post evening mentioning concern for them. /// When it was decided to level the city of Fallujah due to the intensity of resistance, a warning was given to it's inhabitants prior to the drastic action, and it was a clear warning. What warning was given to the over 250K Christians living in Iraq before the invasion began? They weren't even considered. Now you know why Jesus and his early followers refused to join the Roman Army or the Jewish rebellion. (the Apostle Paul was a Roman citizen) Had they joined in, there would have been blood on their hands. They truly had faith in these words: "Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword" and "Vengeance is MINE [not yours] sayeth the Lord" Seeking revenge shows lack of faith in God. (duh)

    January 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2100

    The POPE S U C K S !!! The BLACK-POPE S U C K S too ! ! ! !....

    January 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trueamericanguccibaggagamusic

    hey... Notice all the new "american" music lately? High German canadian jesus music sold as new? Gaga me to death like refried metal on po punk bed of ashes... What happened? Economy too rough for new exotic intoxicants.. "new country" hilarious palin reruns like stale westerns on stale cable channels.. Americans lost the edge? Finding trance Eighties amnesia.. How bout some doo woop or football cheer singing? A dead scene with no download profits...wow...what innovation in the bevis and butthead revolutions. Hilarious.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Philip: I know. I don't know why so little attention is given to the slaughter of Christians by Muslims.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee Oates

      Probably for the same reason that we don't pay attention to Muslims killed by Christians. The Christians are just more efficient at it with tanks, aircraft and bombs.

      January 11, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. kim

    These religion talk a good game but they realy just cults brain washing million and providing people with messd values, molested children, opressed women, and fanatics that feel they have the right to murder anyone that see there belief is self serving and evil. There no longer in touch with god.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @Cesar...I'll take that as a no, and zero.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I Sleep Around

    O my oh-my whats this?, Whats this in my bed? , a brunette a blonde and a Red Head .

    January 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
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