Pope Francis appeals for condemnation of terrorism

2016-03-23 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday said it was with an “aching heart” that he followed the news of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday which killed at least 34 people and injured hundreds of others.

The Holy Father was speaking during his weekly general audience.

He assured the families of the victims and all of those injured, as well as all the people of Belgium, of his prayers and spiritual closeness.

"I once again appeal to all people of good will to unite in the unanimous condemnation of these cruel abominations that are causing only death, terror and horror,” Pope Francis said.

"I ask everyone to persevere in prayer and to ask the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts afflicted and convert the hearts of these people blinded by this cruel fundamentalism," he continued.

He ended his appeal by leading the crowd in praying a Hail Mary, and asking them to pray, in silence, for the dead, wounded, their families, and for all the Belgian people.

(from Vatican Radio)