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-The Pope Speaks Out Against Persecution of Christians Around the World

by Dr. D ~ January 10th, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the image ...

(Image by Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr)

VATICAN CITY —On Monday during a speech to ambassadors, Pope Benedict XVI urged Pakistan to over-turn its controversial blasphemy laws. The Pope said that the laws were being used as an excuse for violence against Christians and non-Muslims:

"I once more encourage the leaders of that country to take the necessary steps to abrogate that law, all the more so because it is clear that it serves as a pretext for acts of injustice and violence against religious minorities."

The Pope also noted how violence and persecution was increasing against Christians around the world. He demanded that all governments particularly those in the Middle East do more to protect Christians and allow them to practice their faith without interference and fear. He cited the recent attacks on Christians attending church in Iraq and in Egypt:

"This succession of attacks is yet another sign of the urgent need for the governments of the region to adopt, in spite of difficulties and dangers, effective measures for the protection of religious minorities."

He also urged Saudi Arabia to finally allow churches to be built and then commented on China’s unfortunate effort to bring the church under total control of the state.

Pope Benedict also addressed his concern about the secularization of Europe and the West. He was particularly concerned with how the church was being marginalized and questioned whether religious freedom itself was not on the decline when a society begins to consider the church and religion as alien or destabilizing.

During his speech, Benedict made a rather pointed appeals for the universality of religious freedom saying that it was a fundamental human right that must be protected by law and in practice.

Response: It is great to see that the Pope is on the same page as I am. These are all concerns that I have personally written about in the the last several months on this very blog.            *Top of the Blog

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