The Afghan exile-- who now asks to be identified as Joel, the name with which he was baptized-- thanked Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) and the people of Italy for their efforts to secure his released. Rahman said that he will look for work in Italy, and hopes never to visit Afghanistan again.
The Catholic Church has a long history of protecting innocents from tyranny. And it has a long history of not receiving credit. Ronald Rychlak, an accomplished law professor, takes on one of the many examples and uncovers the truth in his new book, Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis.