This is getting worse and worse:
Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican in protest after Pope Benedict XVI urged the governments of several Muslim-dominated countries including Egypt to ensure that their Christian minorities are able to practice their faith without discrimination or violence.
“Egypt asked its ambassador in the Vatican to come to Cairo for consultation after the Vatican’s new statements that touch on Egyptian affairs, and which Egypt considers an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said in a statement on Tuesday. [RTT News]
23 Christians are murdered on Christmas Eve, the pope says “please watch out for our people” and Egypt gets mad … at the pope?!
Egypt has apparently decided to entrench itself firmly against the pope’s completely reasonable plea. I hope other nations join the Vatican’s brave stand on behalf of Christians worldwide.
UPDATE: AmP reader Angele clarifies:
The bombing was on New Years and killed at least 21, which led to a fear of another attack on their Christmas Eve, January 6. More: