Egypt recalls Vatican envoy

Egypt recalled its Vatican ambassador on Tuesday for consultation in Cairo after Pope Benedict urged governments in predominantly Muslim countries to do more to protect Christian minorities.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church condemned on Monday attacks on churches that killed dozens of people in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria, saying they showed the need to adopt effective measures to protection religious minorities. [ID:nLDE7090S2]

“Egypt asked its ambassador in the Vatican to come to Cairo for consultation after the Vatican’s new statements that touch on Egyptian affairs and which Egypt considers an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said in a statement sent to Reuters.

  • Hannibal

    It’s time for Egypt to face the new realities. The Christians within its borders are subject to religious cleansing. They are not represented in the government and not protected properly. When the copts displayed the fish as a symbol of Jesus and his disciples (being fishermen) on their cars, Moslems came out with an icon of a shark swallowing the fish. How sick is that? What would happen if I were to display the name of the prophet of Islam with an X on his name? Outrage and probably I would be killed. A simple cartoon turned mobs to act without civility all over the world yet the practice of insulting Christians, blowing them up in their place of worship and killing their religious leaders is becoming common practice and yet a simple call for protection from the vatican causes the Egyptian authorities to say this is interference in their internal affairs? I mean coming from a dictatorship that is a mouthful. May be the vatican should become realistic and call for a Crusade instead. That will get their attention.

  • It’s time for Egypt to face the new realities. The Christians within its borders are subject to religious cleansing. They are not represented in the government and not protected properly. When the copts displayed the fish as a symbol of Jesus and his disciples (being fishermen) on their cars, Moslems came out with an icon of a shark swallowing the fish. How sick is that? What would happen if I were to display the name of the prophet of Islam with an X on his name? Outrage and probably I would be killed. A simple cartoon turned mobs to act without civility all over the world yet the practice of insulting Christians, blowing them up in their place of worship and killing their religious leaders is becoming common practice and yet a simple call for protection from the vatican causes the Egyptian authorities to say this is interference in their internal affairs? I mean coming from a dictatorship that is a mouthful. May be the vatican should become realistic and call for a Crusade instead. That will get their attention.

  • libnan1

    It’s time for the US to stop the foreign aid to Egypt, then the Egyptians will have to split their fish like Jesus did or starve to death. Hosni Mubark looks like a puke.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time for the US to stop the foreign aid to Egypt, then the Egyptians will have to split their fish like Jesus did or starve to death. Hosni Mubark looks like a puke.