Quotes of the Week October 17

“The lack of security that prevails in Libya has as a consequence that most religious communities that came to work in public health at the request of the Libyan authorities have been asked to leave the country.”

Archbishop Vincent Landel of Rabat, Morocco, reports the grim situation for Christians in Libya during his recent visit to Rome.


“It’s a contradiction for a Christian to be anti-Semitic, his roots are in part Jewish,” the Pope said Oct 11. “May anti-Semitism be banished from the heart and the life of every man and woman.”

Pope Francis, addressing a delegation of Rome’s Jewish community on the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the city’s Jews during World War II.


“What happened in Peshawar is a first because the terrorist attack on the Christian community, was intended as a message to the United States to stop their drone missions inside Pakistani airspace at once. If they do not stop, terrorists have threatened to attack numerous other churches. You need to understand that these groups identify Christians with the West and are therefore convinced that they can put pressure on Washington by threatening or attacking our community.”

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, interviewed about current pressures on Pakistan’s Christian community.


“I share the view that for the richest part of the world it is a shame that people, just some metres in front of our borders, or coasts, died. So what the European Union must do, and the member-states of the Union especially, is reform our whole system of immigration. We have the Dublin II Convention which is covering exclusively political asylum, but temporary protection for refugees from civil war regions, from regions of natural disasters, or even a system of legal immigration, is missing in Europe.”

President Martin Schultz of the European Parliament speaking on the Lampedusa tragedy after his October 11 audience with Pope Francis.


The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity. The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community.”

Malaysia’s Chief Judge Mohamed Apandi Ali rules against Christian use of the name ‘Allah’, overturning an earlier court ruling around use of the name in a Christian publication.