Abdul Rahman thanks Pope Benedict XVI

I know I couldn’t be the only one who wondered, when Italy intervened, if Uncle Benedict had anything to do with it.

Abdul Rahman seems to be saying as much, here

ROME – An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty in his homeland for converting from Islam to Christianity said Thursday he was certain he would have been killed if he had remained in Kabul and thanked Pope Benedict XVI for intervening on his behalf.

“In Kabul they would have killed me, I’m sure of it.” … He said he was worried for his family still in Afghanistan.”

I can’t help but notice that the bad old UAE, who we dissed in the port deal, helped get Rahman out of harm’s way.

Amy sez Benedict is attracting record crowds to St. Pete’s too.

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