January 11, 2011
CatholicCulture.org, The government of Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the holy See, in protest against Pope Benedict"s charge that Egypt had not done enough to protect Christians from mob violence.
In his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, delivered on January 10, Pope Benedict decried the attacks on Christians in Iraq, Egypt, and Nigeria in recent days, saying that governments must provide security for Christians. Egypt"s foreign ministry said that the Pope"s remarks were "an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs.
Egypt recalls Vatican envoy
CAIRO | Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:57am EST
CAIRO Jan 11 (Reuters) - 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.
"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. (Reporting by Marwa Awad, writing by Yasmine saleh)