Pope condemns anti-Christian mob violence in Pakistan
August 03, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has said that he is "deeply grieved" by anti-Christian violence in Pakistan, after a Muslim mob killed 8 people in a rampage through a Christian neighborhood in the town of Gojra. In a telegram to Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad, the Holy Father condemned the "senseless attack" and sent his condolences to the victims' families. He urged the Christian minority of Pakistan "not to be deterred in their efforts to help build a society which, with a profound sense of trust in religious and human values, is marked by mutual respect among all its members."
- Telegram from Pope Benedict XVI to the Victims of anti-Christian Violence in Pakistan (Vatican Radio)
- Pope deplores attack on Christians (AP)