.- Sandro Magister, religious reporter of the Italian weekly LâEspresso and a noted Vatican analyst, claims in his weekly report that the Vatican is not sympathetic to the idea of pulling out of Iraq.
In his column, available over the Internet at: www.chiesa.espressonline.it/english, Magister argues that âneither the pope nor other Vatican authorities have associated themselves in anyway whatsoever with the âget out of Iraqâ policy expressed by many political leaders and sectors of public opinion, including Catholics in Spain, Italy and other European countries.â
Magister analyzes two âsemi-officialâ Catholic sources such as the daily âAvvenire,â owned and operated by the Italian Bishopsâ Conference, and âAsiaNews,â the on-line press agency run by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.
According to Magister, the âAvvenireâ editorial, âbegs all European governments, including France and Germany, not to abandon Iraq but, on the contrary, âto send their troops there under the UN flag to help establish security in the countryâ.â Fr. Cervellera, for his part, writes that both the war and the presence of allied Coalition forces have done âgood things for Iraq.â âHence,â Magister says, âhe believes it is right that all countries of the world make a greater commitment and support the present and future of the Iraqi people.â
In his column, Magister provides a summary of the articles that could give a clue of how the Vatican would act after the attacks in Madrid.