In a separate story regarding Egyptian Christians, the Vatican’s former representative in the country, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, told a Vatican Radio audience that despite the dangers of Islamic violence, Christians have seen positive steps since the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
“There has been a gain in freedom of expression at least, and the start of a more democratic process,” the archbishop said. “What is missing is the security.”
Archbishop Fitzgerald—who was the apostolic nuncio in Egypt from 2006 until his resignation last year—said that Egypt’s Christians were working together effectively to increase their influence in society. He saw this as a positive result of the Arab Spring: “I think the message to Christians was just that, to be engaged in society, not to act as a minority that is suffering, withdrawn and enclosed in on itself, but to work together with others.”