Dubai, 25 August (AKI) – Following the threats against the Vatican faxed to a Spanish TV station and newspaper this week, the Catholic Church remains the target of Islamic extremists, this time in a report posted on an Islamic Internet forum under the heading “The Pope of the Vatican goes to War”. The message, signed under the name D. Abdouh, discusses the Vatican’s entry in the war between al-Qaeda and the Western world, with a speech Pope Benedict XVI gave during his recent trip to Cologne in Germany.
After this, the document directly quotes the Vatican, claiming that after years of neutrality the Vatican, with the ascent of Joseph Ratzinger to the pontificate, has decided to come out in defence of the West, against the Islamic world.
The message reads: “The Vatican, which is nothing but a government placed within a building, has moved to support the Christian side of the countries in the world, and if possible, the Catholic side. The tendency of the Vatican was not to take part in the numerous wars there have been.”
“Many of the children of Islam have signed themselves up to the ranks of those who fight terrorism, with sincerity, following what the ‘governors’, ‘ulema’ or intellectuals say through the media and following the speeches of George Bush, Berlusconi and Tony Blair, and the majority of the Muslim governments,” it continues.
“The new head of the Catholics, Benedict XVI, has launched a powerful message to these fighters. Here is the link to an article on the Pope’s meeting with Muslims in Germany, in which he encouraged Muslims to join the war on terrorism.”…
It is the first time the Vatican and the Pope have been identified as an integral part of the Western coalition fighting Islamic terrorism in a forum close to the al-Qaeda network. The message appears to put the Catholic Church and Vatican City firmly among the potential targets of the Jihadists.