The Diocese of Des Moines
Vatican Statement on the Death of Bin Laden
May 3, 2011
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

In the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, the Vatican released a poignant written statement, which was delivered by Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, a spokesman: 


Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end.

In the face of a man's death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred.



Here's a suggested Prayer of the Faithful for this weekend, which was composed based on the above statement and the statement issued by the Muslim Public Affairs Council:


For an end to war and violence of all kinds, that nations and peoples who are fighting might lay down their weapons and take up the path to peace, keeping sacred the gift of all human life. Let us pray to the Lord: Save to


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