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A barbaric act

· The Pope's sorrow for the massacre in Turkey at the Angelus and in a telegram ·

“The news of the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey”, deeply saddened Pope Francis, who at the Angelus on Sunday, 11 October, assured “the beloved country” of his prayers, asking “the Lord to welcome the souls of the dead and to comfort the suffering and the families”.

Recalling the attack which had occurred the day before, the Pontiff underlined his “pain for the many dead; pain for the wounded; pain because the attackers struck defenseless people who were marching for peace”. The Pope invited the faithful present in St Peter's Square to pray silently.

The Holy Father had previously sent a telegram – by way of Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin – to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In it, he expressed his sadness and solidarity with Turkey. Francis — the message reads — “deplores this barbaric act, he asks you to convey his spiritual closeness to all the families affected during this time of grief, and to the security and emergency personnel working to assist the wounded”.

The Pope's words at the Angelus

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Sept. 23, 2018

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