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Week of December 8, 2008
Pope condemns spread of terrorism
BY JOHN THAVIS
'Fundamentalism is one of the most dramatic risks faced by humanity.'
- Fr. Federico Lombardi
“The causes and circumstances of these tragic events are different, but there should be a common sense of horror and condemnation for the explosion of such cruel and senseless violence,” the pope told pilgrims.
“Let us ask the Lord to touch the hearts of those who delude themselves by thinking that this is the way to resolve local or international problems.”
The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said the well-coordinated attacks in Mumbai were reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist acts against U.S. targets.
In a commentary on Vatican Radio, Lombardi said the terrorists had chosen India, a place of tensions and conflicts, as a “critical point at which to try to ignite an even more frightening conflagration.”
In addition to political tensions in the region, he said, India has been troubled by “persistent and perhaps growing fundamentalist currents, not only in the Islamic world but also among Hindus.”
He noted that India’s minority Catholic community had suffered recent discrimination and attacks, just as the country’s Muslim community did several years ago in a wave of anti-Islamic violence.
“It is horrible that in today’s world religion is mixed up with violence. Fundamentalism is one of the most dramatic risks faced by humanity, and it challenges the conscience of every religious person,” the Vatican spokesman said.
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