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Egypt recalls Vatican ambassador, protesting Pope's remarks

Catholic World News - January 11, 2011

The government of Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the holy See, in protest against Pope Benedict's charge that Egypt had not done enough to protect Christians from mob violence.

In his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, delivered on January 10, Pope Benedict decried the attacks on Christians in Iraq, Egypt, and Nigeria in recent days, saying that governments must provide security for Christians. Egypt's foreign ministry said that the Pope's remarks were "an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs."

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Jan. 12, 2011 3:29 AM ET USA

    Egypt- Yet another snarling immature country that cannot admit its long history of transgressions against its own people. Egypt - Birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood. And you think Communism is bad? All over the USA now. Egypt - Can't fix a toilet in a church without government permission. Can take DECADES!!! Egypt - The other 1/2 of the Israeli multi-billion $ yearly foreign "aid" package. Egypt - Don't be a tourist Solution - call/write your Reps and Senators - speak up for your brothers!

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Jan. 11, 2011 8:04 PM ET USA

    I guess the Egypt government missed the meaning of the word Pope. His children are at risk, and a good father intervenes. There are no 'internal affairs' when one's children are in danger.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jan. 11, 2011 5:23 PM ET USA

    The welfare of Catholics and in fact even Christians outside the Church are worthy of the attention of the Holy Ftaher and not just a political affair. Egypt reacts the way it does because at its heart it is a Muslim nation and as such could care less about Christians, be they Catholic, Copt or otherwise since in Islam it it permitted to do practically whatever you want to do with those who do not believe in your God. I'm glad the Pontiff spoke up.

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