Friday, November 28, 2008

Pope expresses 'deep concern' over Mumbai attacks

Pope Benedict XVI has expressed deep concern over the violent gunfire and grenade attacks that killed more than 100 people overnight in the Indian city of Mumbai and called for an end to acts of terrorism.

The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent a telegram on behalf of the pontiff to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai about the attacks.

"Deeply concerned about the outbreak of violence in Mumbai, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in these brutal attacks, and to assure the public authorities, citizens, and all those affected of his spiritual closeness," the telegram said.

"His Holiness urgently appeals for an end to all acts of terrorism, which gravely offend the human family and severely destabilise peace and solidarity."

The telegram said that the Pope would pray for the victims and the injured survivors, as well as those who were mourning the loss of their loved ones.

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(Source: AKI)