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Terrorism is always madness

· Pope Francis on the anniversary of the attack against Jews in Buenos Aires ·

“Terrorism is madness. Terrorism is only killing, it builds nothing; it destroys”: the Pope stated this in a video message to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attempt on the headquarters of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (amia), which took place in Buenos Aires, 18 July 1994. That day a vanload of dynamite was detonated in the underground parking of a building which houses the offices of the Association. The explosion claimed the lives of 85 people and injured more than 200.

“Twenty years after the tragedy of amia”, Pope Francis said, “I wish to express my closeness to the Israeli community in Argentina and to all relatives of the victims, both Jewish and Christian”. Then, recalling the many “lives cut short, the hopes destroyed, the ruins” caused by the vile attack, the Pontiff called on the people of Argentina to ponder the tears unleashed by this tragedy and to never forget them, for “we are frequently inclined to bury things away”, he explained in the video, “to relieve ourselves of the weight of the stories, of the suffering, of the beautiful things that might have been”. For this, he added, “it costs us a great deal to choose the path of justice, to face the damage” that such a tragedy inflicted on society.”

“May justice be done”, Pope Francis concluded before praying in suffrage for the victims and blessing their families.

The video message was recorded with a mobile phone belonging to Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress — which Pope Francis visited in recent days — and was then broadcast on social networks. 




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 22, 2019