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Osama Bin Laden: A Christian “never rejoices” at death – Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi,

From: Peace Movement Aotearoa []
Sent: Tuesday, 3 May 2011 10:19 a.m.
Subject: Osama Bin Laden: A Christian “never rejoices” at death

A profound relief to see this statement from the Vatican this morning (below) amidst the jubilation at the execution of Osama Bin Laden.

It really has been a strange few days with the alleged killing of one of Gaddafi’s sons and three of his grandchildren by NATO missiles in an apparent assassination attempt, and the British Foreign Secretary in response condemning the attacks on the (empty) British embassy premises in Tripoli as well as the diplomatic missions of other countries, see for example, ‘Gaddafi family deaths reinforce doubts about Nato’s UN mandate’, Guardian, 1 May 2011 at

And now the killing of Osama Bin Laden, “his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity” according to US President Obama – ‘Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden’, 2 May 2011 at

A “resounding victory for justice, freedom, and the values shared by all democratic countries fighting shoulder to shoulder against terror” according to Israeli President Netanyahu – ‘Netanyahu tells Obama: Bin Laden’s death shows U.S. determined to fight terror’, Ha’aretz, 2 May 2011 at

Such values apparently including extra-judicial execution and murder it. If you have any thoughts on how this can be considered in any sense a victory for justice, freedom or democracy, we’d be interested in hearing them.

Vatican spokesman on killing of Osama bin Laden

2 May 2011

VATICAN CITY ­ The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God.

A Christian “never rejoices” in the face of a man’s death, the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said in a brief statement this morning. Here is an English translation of his statement:

Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions for this purpose.

In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion  for the further growth of peace and not of hatred. –

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May 3, 2011 - Posted by | Human rights, Internationally significant information

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