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Christians should not rejoice at death of Osama bin Laden, says Vatican spokesman

By on Monday, 2 May 2011

New Yorkers celebrate news of Bin Laden's death at Ground Zero in the early hours of the morning (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

New Yorkers celebrate news of Bin Laden's death at Ground Zero in the early hours of the morning (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Christians should never rejoice at the death of a man, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has said following the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan yesterday.

The world’s most wanted man was killed by US forces at a compound in Abbottabad, north-west Pakistan, following a tip-off dating back to last August. In a special press conference in Washington last night at 10.30 (3.30AM GMT) President Barack Obama announced that the Saudi-born fugitive, responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States which killed 3,000 people, was dead. “Justice has been done,” the US president said.

But Fr Federico Lombardi said in a statement this morning in Rome that we should not rejoice at the death of a human being.

He said: “Osama bin Laden – as we all know – was gravely responsible for promoting division and hatred between peoples, causing the end of countless innocent lives, and of exploiting religions to this end.

“Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of each and every one of us before God and before man, and hopes and commits himself so that no event be an opportunity for further growth of hatred, but for peace.”

Earlier today Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the news, saying: “The news that Osama Bin Laden is dead will bring great relief to people across the world.”

  • Bwaj

    No Paul – you are being lied to. The Vatican never forced Muslims to convert during the Crusades.

  • Bwaj

    I notice you can’t even get the name of the Pope it was Pope Paul VI. Pope John XXIII said Vatican II was not a binding Council but a pastoral one. Finally, Papal infallibility only applies when a Pope says it is necessary to believe a thing on pain of damnation if you don’t. If St. Peter, the first Pope, was infallible in all his actions St. Paul would not be able to rebuke him (Gal:3) for refusing to eat with uncircumcised Gentile believers and we would all have to be circumcised. No Pope can alter the teaching of Scripture (Gal:1.6-10).

  • Anonymous

    Why bring up a technicality, is it because you can’t answer any of my points?

    Even if the Vatican itself to not force conversion, there is plenty of evidence that many Muslims were forced to convert by the crusaders. The Vatican did not speak out, and in so doing surely sanctioned the act.

  • Athanasiusi

    What complete rot and abject stupidity.

  • I was there

    The U.S. had nothing to do with the training or funding of Bin Laden. Like many others, he was simply a jihadist who showed up late in the Afghani struggle against the Soviet Union. He had no military training whatsoever, nor did the U.S. give military training to anyone involved in the Afghani struggle. There were no “boots on the ground,” and nobody was trained outside the country. Furthermore, Bin Laden had no need for U.S. funding. His family is one of the wealthiest in the Middle East, and he was well financed from within the Islamic community. He received an annual 75 million dollar a year stipend until his family disowned him, while the Brazilian and Chinese produced Soviet model rifles popular among jihadists cost less than $200 on the open market.

    The usual leftist propagandists have promoted the notion that the U.S. funded Bin Laden in their efforts to impugn the free and capitalist west and especially the U.S. Note that they never claim that Bin Laden was a product of their ideological heroes, the Soviet Union, and yet he would never have traveled to Afghanistan and undertaken arms were it not for the Soviet invasion. It is remarkable how oft-repeated fiction becomes fact in popular culture and how revisionist history drives debate in the absence of objective truth. Laziness in pursuing facts is not a virtue. Neither is lying to yourself or to others merely to remain comfortably ensconced in the cherished familiarity of your misguided political beliefs. You are both delusional and misinformed.

  • Chjklnps

    Like every other human being on this planet, he came into the world as an innocent baby. What or who was responsible responsible for making him what he was? Recall the words of Jesus: “Some enemy has done this.” If we really are Christians, we should do as the Master says: “Return no man evil for evil,” but “Overcome evil with good.” For, as Saint Paul says, “…we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” We can’t win without God – and God is Love.

  • Knight

    “for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

    Meanwhile, let us pray for the Coptic Christians in Cairo who are being systematically persecuted by the “religion of peace.”

  • Caisake


  • Anonymous

    You’re right that Bin Laden did recieve support from the CIA during the Soviet-Afghan war but that is excusable on the part of the United States as he was, at the time, fighting the USSR which was far more evil and destroyed far more lives than Bin Laden ever could. As for his terrorist campaigns there is no excuse for them but the fact is that he is dead now and what is done is done. All we can hope for now is that what remains of Al Qaeda can either be reasoned with or kept in a position where they cannot carry out any more attacks; what must be remembered is that the USA cannot reasonably simply wipe Al-Qaeda off the face of the Earth; it will cost far more life than continued terrorism and hardly leaves the Americans any better than the group they seek to eradicate.

  • Anonymous

    On the basis that you describe then one could be forgiven for condemning Christians and Jews as tyrants by virtue of the Books of Moses. The fact is that Islamist groups are given too much attention by the media and that makes them seem far more numerous and popular than they are; I would ask you to talk to any average Muslim in the West and they are almost always quick to disassociate themselves from fundamentalists; there is a reason that events such as 9/11 and 7/7 attract a great deal of attention: because that sort of brutality and fundamentalism is rare among Muslims.

  • Anonymous

    The Bible says that a rapist and his victim must be stoned. To we keep to that rule. No. 
    Do Muslims follow the Qur’an in every sense, no. Lets not play that game.

  • Anonymous

    I think I totally agree with you

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and rightly. More Muslims have been killed as a result of Muslim extremism, than Westerners. The Nazi party was an extremist political party, but this doesn’t taint our view of politics in general, as we know most MPs hold (comparatively) moderate views.

    I would like to know how many average Muslims Bwaj has spoken to, because I suspect, not many.

  • Alfred Saif

    If you you want my reaction after reading then read http://www.holytruthfortheworld.co.cc

  • Theresaalice

    Wow, I know you wrote this some time ago and I am just reading it almost a year later, but I had to respond to your comment because it is biblically correct, spiritually sensitive, and clothe with the compassion of Christ.  God Bless you.

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