A servant of God and an obvious woman of grace was murdered in Somalia, probably because she was the personification of Christ’s love.
I hope that those condemning Benedict’s words will spend at least as much time condemning an act of deep hatred.
The Anchoress is demonstrating why the blogosphere is such a powerful engine of change: She is providing timely updates on the most important stories, stories which the MSM are either ignoring or consigning to the deep inside pages.
The nun, who spoke fluent Somali, was believed to be around age 60 and had been working at the hospital since 2002, witnesses said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Like many foreigners, she traveled with a bodyguard in Somalia, which sank into anarchy after warlords overthrew the country’s longtime dictator in 1991.
Islamic fundamentalists have stepped into the political and security vacuum, seizing control of the capital and much of the south of Somalia and imposing strict religious rule. The Islamic courts are credited with bringing a semblance of order to the country, but the West fears the emergence of a Taliban-style regime.
Several witnesses blamed Sunday’s shooting on the recent controversy over a speech Pope Benedict XVI made in Germany on Tuesday on Islam in which he quoted a Medieval text calling the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings “evil and inhuman.”
“I am sure the killers were angered by the pope’s speech in which he attacked our prophet,” said Ashe Ahmed Ali, one of the many who witnessed the shooting.
“These gunmen always look for white people to kill, and now the pope gave them the reason to do their worst,” said Mohamud Durguf Derow, another witness.
Earlier Sunday, a leading Muslim cleric in Somalia condemned the pope for causing offense to Muslims.
“The pope’s statement at this time was not only wrong but irresponsible as well,” said Sheik Nor Barud, deputy leader of the Somali Muslim Scholars Association.