Vatican, Apr. 9, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, to plead for the release of 15 captured British sailors and marines, the Vatican has revealed.
In his letter to the Iranian Islamic leader, the Holy Father asked that the captives be released in time to return home for Easter, saying that this would be "a significant religious gesture."
The British captives were released a few hours after the Pope's letter was delivered....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The mainstream dinosaur media would like you to believe the release of the 15 British hostages was the result of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rogue diplomacy trip to Syria. They would also like you to believe the Iranians are just "nice guys" who are misunderstood. But the reality is that the most likely party responsible for the release of these 15 British hostages is none other than Pope Benedict XVI.
Let's back up half a year. The pope made some controversial comments about Islam, chiding Islamic leaders to PROVE their religion is peaceful and tolerant by making some tangible signs of peace and tolerance in Islamic nations. This was followed by weeks of violent protests by Muslims, accompanied by the murder of priests and nuns, as well as the burning of Catholic churches in Muslim nations. All of these demonstrated exactly what the pope was talking about, and illustrated for the whole world just how warlike and intolerant modern Islam has become. This was then followed by the remarkably successful trip Pope Benedict made to Turkey, marking a historic step toward reunification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The pope's quiet and respectful visit to area mosques simply underscored the maturity of Christianity in the face of infantile Muslims unable to cope with any religious views different than their own. Compounded with the negative press Iran has been getting lately, this has been a bad year for Islam, and the Ayatollah Khameini knows it.
So here we are, a half year later, and Pope Benedict writes this letter to Khameini requesting the release of these 15 British hostages before Easter, and how such a move would mark a significant gesture of peace and tolerance. Within hours, Khameini appears to have acted, and the hostages were released. Let's all give three cheers to Pope Benedict for saving the day on this one.