Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Italy Welcomes Afghan Convert


Italy has welcomed Abdul Rhaman who sought asylum from his country's persecution for converting to Christianity. Pope Benedict sought an appeal for Rhaman's release to a country who would take him. God bless Pope Benedict!

VATICAN CITY, MAR 25, 2006 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration to journalists today:

"Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, in the name of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, has written a letter to Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, regarding the fate of the Christian convert Abdul Rahman, who is risking the death penalty.

"The letter, which bears the date of March 22, states that the Pope's appeal is inspired by 'profound human compassion,' by 'firm belief in the dignity of human life and by respect for every person's freedom of conscience and religion.'

"Cardinal Sodano goes on: 'I am certain, Mr. President, that dropping the case against Mr. Rahman would bestow great honor upon the Afghan people and would raise a chorus of admiration in the international community. It would then contribute in a most significant way to our common mission to foster mutual understanding and respect among the world's different religions and cultures."


Blogger Carmel said...

I thought that was amazing, it was really good news to hear that Italy would welcome Abdul.

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