(CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican says it does not rejoice in the death of Osama bin Laden. “Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of each and every one of us before God and before man, and hopes and commits himself so that no event is an opportunity for further growth of hatred, but for peace,” spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, S.J. said on May 2.
“Osama bin Laden – as we all know – was gravely responsible for promoting division and hatred between peoples, causing the end of countless innocent lives, and of exploiting religions to this end.”
Not surprisingly, Bin Laden was a critic of the Catholic Church for many years. His most recent outburst came in 2008 when he accused Pope Benedict XVI of being part of a “new crusade” against Islam.