“Offenses against God and humanity” – Pope prays for victims of recent terrorist attacks


Pope Francis expressed his sadness on hearing about more “barbarous” terrorist attacks that took place over a  short period in three countries.  On hearing of the first incident in Istanbul, which the Pope described as a “heinous terror attack,” he prayed for the conversion of those who choose violence, asking that the Lord would “convert the hearts of the violent and sustain our steps on the path to peace.”

Pope Francis sent a telegram on Saturday following the attack in the Bangladesh capital in which he condemned “such barbarous acts as offenses against God and humanity.” A letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Pope stated: “Deeply saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent victims in Dhaka, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt condolences and condemns such barbarous acts as offences against God and humanity.” The Vatican Secretary of State said that in commending the dead to God’s mercy, “His Holiness gives the assurance of his prayers for the grieving families and the wounded.”


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