· Three dead and 130 injured in the bombing of the Boston Marathon ·
Pope Francis' sorrow
The Boston Marathon – in its 177th consecutive year - is an event that people look forward to around the country, marking the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Perhaps this is why it was targeted in the horrendous bombing that took place on 15 April. Two explosions at the finish line killed three people and left 130 injured. These numbers cannot express the persons lost in this attack, like little Martin Richard, age eight, who died as he was running to the finish line to hug his father. Or the Norden brothers, two young men who both lost a leg. Their stories are the same as those of other young victims, like Gaj Stefano Taché, the young two-year-old boy murdered in an attack on the Synogague in Rome, or Malala, attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan, or the students of Khifah elementary school in Iraq, killed by a bomb in March of last year. All of these young people, at the dawn of their life, killed or scarred by terrorism, maddness or the cold-blooded calculation of politics.
In the aftermath of the attack in Boston, Pope Francis sent the following telegram of condolence, to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State.
Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 20, 2018
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