· The Pope's sorrow for massacre of Christian students in Kenya ·
It was reported that that 147 were killed and 79 wounded in yesterday's massacre at the University Garissa in Kenya. All victims were Christian. Hundreds are still unaccounted for. This has certainly been the most heinous attack yet by the Somali jihadist group, Al Shabaab, who have been gradually growing bolder in their acts of terrorism across the country. It was clearly planned and carefully executed; It seems four gunmen, after releasing Muslim students from the campus, rounded up Christian students as hostages, many of whom they killed in a particularly brutal way, according to survivors.
In a telegram signed by Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, sent to Cardinal John Njue, President of the Bishops' Conference, Pope Francis condemned the assault, calling it an act of "senseless brutality". The statement read: "In union with all people of good will throughout the world, His Holiness condemns this act of senseless brutality and prays for a change of heart among its perpetrators".
The Pontiff offered his spiritual closeness and is praying for the families of victims and for all Kenyans in this painful time. He commended “the souls of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, and he prays that all who mourn them will be comforted in their loss.” At the same time, he calls upon “all those in authority to redouble their efforts to work with all men and women in Kenya to bring an end to such violence and to hasten the dawn of a new era of brotherhood, justice and peace.”
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 19, 2018
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