September 5th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Pope may intervene in 'brutal' stoning case in Iran

Pope Benedict XVI is monitoring the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning and has not ruled out getting involved through diplomatic channels, the Vatican said Sunday.

As he has in the past in humanitarian cases, the pope would intervene if asked by authorities in another country and would do so through proper diplomatic channels, not publicly, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

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  1. Obinna

    Very interesting watching how you americans have lost a sense of everything God. I'm science oriented, but my knowledge of science drives me deeper into belief of the existence of God. @peace4all, what would you expect the pope to do at this time? Do you expect him to declare war on Iran?

    September 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Kate


      Only if Ratzinger thinks it'll make people stop asking so many questions about his role in the molestation scandals ... You know, standard politician stuff 😛

      Just sayin'

      September 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
    • Ron

      Even the very word, to 'pontificate', has come to have a negative connotation: "To speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner".

      The pope is the Supreme Pontiff and the supreme pontificator.

      September 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  2. Starr

    Islam is the fastest growing religion because it offers everyone, both men and women, JUSTICE. Adultery is a terrible crime in Islam. It ruins the person, the family, and eventually society. Just because certain societies accept adultery doesn't mean everyone has to. The reason this is so BIG is because adultery rarely happens in places where Sharia Law is practiced. There is rarely any crime, rape, or wrongdoing. And Islam is a religion of peace. In what religion do 4 million followers come together (the Hajj) and there are no problems? No one is murdered, no one steals....not everything Iran does is beautiful but it's their society, their country, and they have the right to practice their rules. Why not leave them alone and deal with our problems first?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  3. AGA


    September 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  4. huffyone


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