Cardinal: Bombing of Egyptian church is ‘perversion of religion’
January 04, 2011
The president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has condemned the New Year’s bombing of a Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt that left 21 dead.
“This is a perversion of religion,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. “No religion can ‘justify’ such an approach, one that attacks men and women who are praying, thereby expressing the noblest of the human person.”
Counseling against anger and indifference, the prelate said that “the solution is dialogue: this means that dialogue must be intensified, as the Pope said in his recent message for World Day of Peace.”
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- Cardinal Tauran reacts to the New Year's bombing in Alexandria (Vatican Radio)
- Church bombing in Egypt kills 21; imam condemns Pope's remarks (CWN, 1/3)
- Pope Benedict XVI: Message for World Day of Peace 2011
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Jan. 04, 2011 4:12 PM ET USA
No religion that His Eminence understands as such can justify the attempted genocide of religious minorities in its midst, but not all religions would appear to be within His Eminence's comprehension. The Conversion of Egypt is the only solution. The only 'dialogue' we should allow ourselves is one that maintains the unique truth of the Christian revelation.