Because Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Near St. Peter’s Church?

Obviously, this is not one of the reasons why I am Catholic. But it is interesting anyway, especially given my previous post today. Here’s why.

Remember last Fall I asked you to pray for the flood victims in Pakistan?  Well, as it turns out, that was when you first inadvertently prayed for your enemy, Osama Bin Laden.  You see, his compound was in the same city as St. Peter’s Church.

Lest you believe it looks like Club Med, let me assure you that it isn’t. Here is a link to a story of families seeking refuge in the church there as reported by Caritas after an earthquake in 2005. And here is another link to a story of Pakistani flood victims in Abbottabad from last Fall in which you can see photographs of the church.

Below is an embedded link map of the city center that was put up by Google. It’s not where the compound is centered, but you can zoom in and see St. Peter’s Church close to the military academy, along with the the Abbottabad Presbyterian Church. Who knew?

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Check out the town, and have a look around. If you visit, be sure to go to Mass and say a prayer. But say a prayer for our enemies now too. It’s good for the soul.

Update: Pray for the safety of the Christians in Abbottabad.

Update II: Now this is more like it! This is the actual compound which matches the graphic in the CathNewsUSA link above as well as the description provided by the White House press conference. North and east of the city center, it is surrounded by farm land.

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And a video as well,