Vatican says Bin Laden will have to answer to God

VATICAN CITY Mon May 2, 2011 4:32am EDT

An aerial view is seen of St. Peter's square in Vatican May 1, 2011. REUTERS/ Massimo Sestini/Polizia di Stato S

An aerial view is seen of St. Peter's square in Vatican May 1, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/ Massimo Sestini/Polizia di Stato S

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will have to answer to God for having killed many people and exploiting religion to spread hate, the Vatican said on Monday.

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that while Christians "do not rejoice" over a death, it serves to remind them of "each person's responsibility before God and men."

"Osama bin Laden, as everyone knows, had the grave responsibility of having spread division and hate among people, causing the deaths of an innumerable number of people and exploiting religion for these purposes," he said.

The Vatican has often condemned the concept of violence in God's name.

Lombardi also said the Vatican hoped that the death of bin Laden "would not be an occasion for more hate, but for peace."

(Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Comments (9)
TheGift73 wrote:
Yea, cos it’s not like the catholic church has ever exploited religion for their own agenda.

May 02, 2011 4:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JadeB wrote:
Sheesh… talk about the pot calling the kettle black…

May 02, 2011 8:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Minoqo wrote:
Overlooking your cynical snark for a moment, TheGift73, you sound like you are whining about a religious organization using religion to get people to be more religious. Regardless of what you think of religion, what would you have them say on the topic?

May 02, 2011 9:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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