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.