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Papal condolences following terrorist attack in Iraq

March 29, 2016

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message of condolence in the Holy Father’s name following an ISIS suicide bombing at a soccer game in Iraq.

“Saddened by the news of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attack in Iskandariya [also known as Alexandria], His Holiness Pope Francis offers fervent prayers for the victims and their families, invoking God's mercy upon the dead and divine consolation upon those who suffer,” wrote Cardinal Parolin.

The prelate said that the Pope “prays that in response to this act of senseless violence the Iraqi people will be strengthened in their resolve to reject the ways of hatred and conflict and to work together fearlessly for a future of mutual respect, solidarity and freedom.”

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