Friday, September 14, 2012

Nothing Justified Terrorist Activity, Says New Vatican Statement on Murder of U.S. Ambassador

Christopher Stevens, killed by Islamic terrorists in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
 The Vatican late Thursday, Sept. 13  expressly condemned the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador and three other officials.

In a follow-up to a declaration Wednesday from the Vatican press office, today's statement took a harsher tone in regard to the violence. The initial statement focused mainly on the need to respect religious sensitivities.

"The very serious attack organised against the United States diplomatic mission in Libya, which led to the death of the ambassador and of other functionaries, calls for the firmest possible condemnation on the part of the Holy See. Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organisations and homicidal violence. Along with our sadness, mourning and prayers for the victims, we again express the hope that, despite this latest tragedy, the international community may discover the most favourable ways to continue its commitment in favour of peace in Libya and the entire Middle East," read today's statement.

The Vatican press office message from Wednesday alluded to the fact that the Benghazi attack is believed to be in response to a U.S.-produced amateur film that ridicules Mohammed. Many commentators in the United States have asserted that the Libya killings were part of a series of coordinated attacks against the United States on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist massacre, and had nothing to do with the film.

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