Vatican rejects claims of interference following violence in Egypt

05/01/2011

From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

The Vatican has denied claims it is interfering or meddling in Egyptian affairs after Pope Benedict's plea for non-violence was denounced by Egypt's top Muslim imam.

The Holy Father's call for world leaders to defend Christians followed a car bombing on New Year's Day which targeted a Coptic church in Alexandria, killing 21 and injuring nearly 100 people - mostly Christians who had just attended Mass.

Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the oldest Islamic seat of learning, said the Pope's  New Year comment was 'unacceptable interference' and questioned why Benedict did not call for the protection of Muslims when they were subject to killings in Iraq.

However the Vatican immediately rejected this accusation saying the Pope had shown solidarity with the Copts as well as concern for the consequences of violence for the Christian and Muslim population.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

Tags: Egypt   Pope Benedict XVI   Ahmed al-Tayeb


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