Asian church leaders warn of possible backlash after bin Laden’s death

| May 3, 2011

LAHORE, Pakistan – A retired archbishop said Pakistani Christians could suffer a backlash after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it also might return balance to the nation.

In India and Philippines, Catholic leaders also warned of backlash.

“We are a soft target as they cannot attack America,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore. He told the Asian church news agency UCA News that, despite the risk of short-term retaliation against Christians, bin Laden’s killing could return balance to Pakistan’s society.

He said he hoped the killing of world’s most-wanted terrorist would reduce the militant radicalism that has engulfed Pakistan in recent years.

“At last we have hope that things will get better gradually,” he said.

 

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