As massive demonstrations moved into their second week in Cairo  the Vatican’s top ambassador Archbishop Fitzgerald said the demonstrations have been remarkably free from religious overtones and that there are many signs of Christians and Muslims working together. “There isn’t a religious distinction,” he said. “They are not dividing themselves into Christians and Muslims, they’re just the Egyptian citizens.”  Archbishop Fitzgerald said that in the first days of unrest, Muslims and Christians spontaneously formed neighborhood committees to provide security when police forces abruptly fled the area. “At a certain point, one person tried to shout one of their slogans, ‘Islam is the solution,’ and was immediately chased from the area. Others … contested them … with these words: ‘We are Egyptians, not Muslims.’ See full story.

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