According to the
ANSA news agency, Abdul Rahman, who was granted asylum in Italy, said
he never wants to return to his native Afghanistan. “I thank the
Pope, the Italian government and all those who came to my aid,” he said
during an interview on Italian television.
XVI appealed to the president of Afghanistan for his release in a
telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo
Sodano. Rahman’s release, he said, would be “decisive for our
mutual efforts in the task of seeking a better mutual understanding and
respect among the different religions and cultures of the world.”
released last Monday and sought asylum in several countries.
Italy and Germany were the first to offer refuge to the Afghan
Christian convert. Last Wednesday Rahman traveled to Italy where
he is currently staying.
Rahman, the Afghan Christian convert who was condemned to death for
abandoning the Muslim faith but later released under international
pressure, publicly thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his intervention and