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Pope condemns suicide attack
Yes, I know ? Popes should encourage what is good and condemn what is evil, but when it comes to terrorism against Israelis, frank condemnation from Church leaders is too rare.
"I learned with great pain the news of the terrible attack last Monday in Tel Aviv, Israel. I feel it is my duty to express the strongest condemnation for such a terrorist attack," Pope Benedict said at the end of his weekly general audience.
I can?t recall any other Church leaders telling us that they felt any pain at the news. As for those who support divestment, if they ever bothered to say anything about it, they would also make excuses for the Palestinians and suggest that it was really all the fault of the victims ? the Israelis ? for daring to defend themselves from attack by the Arabs.
As this version tells us:
Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday expressed the "firmest condemnation" of Monday's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, saying even the "legitimate" rights of the Palestinians could not justify such attacks.
By the way, speaking of Benedict XVI, you might like to read a fascinating article by Dr Irene Lancaster, in which she reads the Pope?s Encyclical on ?Christian Love? from a rabbinic perspective: Love Transcendent.