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)