Merkel vows to fight for religious freedom

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January 8, 2011 14:07

 
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BERLIN  — Germany's chancellor has condemned recent attacks against Christians and is vowing to fight for religious freedom around the world.

Angela Merkel said in her weekly podcast message Saturday that Germany as a member of the United Nations Security Council will stand up internationally "to help Christians and other religions to obtain a life in freedom."

She added the recent attacks "show us that we have to stand up for religious freedom around the world as one of the great human rights."

A bomb attack on worshipers of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority on Christmas Day in Alexandria killed 21 people and left nearly 100 others wounded.

Four European Union governments — Poland, Italy, France and Hungary — have also asked the EU Commission to take up the issue of the recent attacks.

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