A word from the Vatican
Christians should never welcome anyone’s death. Osama bin Laden, as we all know, had the very grave responsibility of spreading division and hatred amongst the people, causing the death of countless of people, and of instrumentalizing religion for this end. In front of the death of man(sic), a Christian never rejoices but rather reflects on the grave responsibility of each one in front of God and man(sic), and hopes and commits himself(sic) so that every moment not be an occasion for hatred to grow but for peace.
A word from Desmond Tutu
God’s love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion. People are shocked when I say that George Bush and Saddam Hussein are brothers, that Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon are brothers, but God says, “All are my children.” It is shocking. It is radical. But it is true. God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. In God’s family, there are no outsiders, no enemies. Black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, Jew and Arab, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Buddhist- all belong. When we start to live as brothers and sisters and to recognize our interdependence, we become fully human.
A word from Picasso